Tap, tap, tap, “Mrs. Rausin.” Tap, tap, tap, “Mrs. Rausin.” One day I smiled and tapped back before I answered-I couldn’t resist. I wondered where he had learned such a habit. He looked at me with bewilderment and laughed. That’s what my days are filled with, moments of silliness, laughter and sometimes exhaustion because third graders have a tremendous amount of energy.

I am reminded daily of how peaceful my life once was. I used to spend my mornings sipping coffee and typing in silence creating characters, now, I have a room full of them by seven-thirty. “Mrs. Rausin did you know that boy humpback whales sing?” “Mrs. Rausin instead of Mozart can we listen to country music?”  “Mrs. Rausin, you have a pointy nose.”

My mind is a tape recorder playing their precious voices over and over long after I’ve returned home. I feel happiness for the students who have tasted success and are flourishing. I feel sadness for the few who have experienced difficulties at such a young age and I search for ways to help them. These seventeen children have found a place in my heart when I didn’t think I had any more to give. Perhaps that is the lesson life was teaching me-there is always more to give when it comes to children.

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Comments to "Teaching"

  1. Erin

    October 6, 2010

    So, you want to teach Kindergarten next year so Braden can have you as his teacher?? 🙂 Love your writings Krista.
    -Erin

    • kdrausin

      October 7, 2010

      Thanks Erin! I can’t believe Braden is starting kindergarten. I found out the hard way that kindergarten is not for me. We had a little incident with a shirt and some scissors one day when I tried to fill in as a sub. I highly recommend Mrs. Norman:)

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