Saturday, March 14, 2009

My Heart Is Torn

I think I may have accidentally become Educationally Slutty. I mean, in my real life, I'm a loyal person...no trouble there. I heart me some Mr. Mimi. However, recently in my professional life, I feel as if my heart is being torn in twain.

You see, I have always held an educational flame (imagine me listening to sappy music, holding a Sharpie and swaying back and forth alone in my classroom) for my Original Teacher Crush, the math genius. He is smart, helpful, attentive, critical yet supportive...all the things you fantasize about a staff developer being. He has been the George Clooney in my love starved classroom drama.

But last week, last week friends, I was led a bit astray. Not that my devotion to my Teacher Crush has subsided...nothing like that. No. I just met this new person, this amazing person, who rocked my world. In social studies.

At first, I was a bit stand offish with this new person. After all, my heart belongs to another. But like a young, brash, movie star, this person managed to turn my head. Within the first ten minutes, I was hooked. The conversation was thought provoking, the ideas were brilliant, the resources were mind blowing. In short, my thinking about teaching social studies shifted in very positive ways. I was learning. It was awesome. Intensely nerdy, but awesome.

And get this...my new teacher crush is a woman.

Whatever you think of my newfound love, so be it. But I am putting it out there, because for the first time in a long time, I feel as if my abilities are being challenged and I am growing as a teacher. And that, my friends, is worth all the dirty looks and hushed whispers.

So, evidently, I swing both ways professionally. Which is kind of hip I think.

4 comments:

Rachel said...

It's nice to know that there's some instructional support out there that actually gets "hearts" :-)

17 (really 15) more years said...

Mimi- I have to say- I never met a staff developer that evoked such passion within me, lol.

Jason said...

You aren't torn. He is good at Math, she at Social Studies. They are probably horrible at the other's subject.

You can have an educational 3some by connecting the subjects. Maybe even a 4some with a reading specialist. (Yep, this is innapropriate. I also recently asked a math teacher at my school on facebook if "going out with friends for her birthday" was code for "going out drinking with her work friends and being told to say they work in another schoool district if they got pulled over".)

Every tenured Educator riffed by our union's (MVUSD) deception said...

Just too young. Youth is truly wasted on the young. I have faith you'll make it through this... well moment of "youth."

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