"What do you call a room full of explorers, inventors and authors? Your first period class."
We saw these ads on our subway ride from the American Museum of Natural History back to Rockefeller Center. Aren't they great?! They're advertising the New York Teaching Fellows Program, a program that places professionals from other fields in teaching jobs, mainly for ideological reasons.
"Ser bilingüe abre la puerta a un mejor futuro... You can give students the key."
"Being bilingual opens the door to a better future..." I loved this ad, too! It's what I do!
"You remember your first grade teacher's name. Who will remember yours?"
THIS ad really got to me. Two years ago my mom and I visited my first grade teacher who is also an artist. She taught me, all those years ago, about outlining my drawings in black... A skill I still use when creating the murals in my daughters' room. I've never forgotten her, just as I haven't forgotten so many of the other men and women who have helped me to become who I am, what I am...
One of my most prized possessions is a gift that my eighth graders gave me as a baby gift when I had Katya. No, not a picture frame or hand-knit sweater... A collection of letters they wrote to Katya -- IN FRENCH, since they were sure I'd have taught it to her by the age of fourteen. The main message? How lucky she is to have me as a mom. How she may think I'm a complete dork at times, but that my heart is in the right place and that I care. That I don't assign busy work -- that I think carefully before I ask someone to do something. That as much as she might hate what I make her do, she can be sure that I'm doing it because I love her.
I hope many, many New Yorkers are inspired by those ads to give teaching a try...