Your wits are dull
Your eyes are glazed
Your ambitions are low
You are dull
There is nowhere
for you to go.
disheartening to read…
it’s OK I’m just honest and am a bit worried about the writer, it wasn’t a bad poem just wondering if you’re ok
Personally, I’m great.
Feeling the frustration of a typical teacher at the end of the year…
heh ok, my father is retiring at the end of this year…after 31 years of ‘prison’ as he’s put it, we will be throwing a huge party because he has been so grumpy for so long…
I hope the ‘where ever you go, there you are” aphorism does not apply!
Ah…no words…it is hard when inspiration abandons the scene, when the light of presence has dimmed.
or was never there!
Sad but almost funny… nice poem.. 🙂
Thanks, Isabella. 🙂
The must of one’s own filth may be the only motivator left.
Directly and honestly facing the ebb and flow of motivation, emotion and action is the best way to live, I feel. Thanks for not sugar-coating the issue 🙂 Love the poem.
Sometimes, there’s only ebb! We wait eagerly for flow and whack our heads against walls, as it ebbs and ebbs and ebbs.
Yep, so I went from teaching to the Job Centre!!! Whooppee!!!
What do you do at the Job Centre?
One of my jobs as a teacher is Career Coordinator, so I help students get apprenticeships, assess work experience, and arrange dual credit programs (where high school students take college/apprenticeship courses and get credits in both high school and college). As well as providing the standard information on post-secondary education.
It is kind of drummed into the pupils that they will all go to University. School careers departments were poor relations, not good and they died a death/were cut, then Connexions were cut (an out sourced careers advisory service) Going to the Job Centre is seen as a failure to many. Schools, until recently, wouldn’t liaise with us, I think partly because they played the card unless you work hard and get good grades you’ll end up on the dole. Since then so many youngsters that I have seen have asked why have the things we offer not been put in school in the first place? Teachers are so stretched no one could do the real world of work, they were in jobs and have never had to deal with the benefits system and what is actually on offer. It has taken 4 years of prompting to get the Job Centre anywhere acceptable to go in to schools…not that I am frustrated or on a soap box!!!! So yes we do all that you do and try to match people to jobs or further training, social services, listening, working on removing barriers to work, it is endless as we are virtually the only place people can get to see a person rather than a phone line or computer page for help…I’ll stop!
We have a very different system here in our schools.
You might be interested in what’s on offer in my district, check out http://careermoodle.sd83.bc.ca/ (The website isn’t great, but under Programs you can see what we offer our students).
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Shawn Bird is a high school English teacher, poet, and YA author in the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia, Canada. She is a proud member of Rotary and a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
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