This sums it all up….

The Tattooed Teacher

One of the true joys of teaching is watching kids truly learn something. The moment a realization hits them, a concept is fully understood, or a difficult problem clicks is so rewarding to watch.

In movies and TV, the scene usually has some soft lighting, a quiet classroom. A gentle teacher lays a hand on a child’s shoulder as they say softly, “Oh! I understand now.” The teacher smiles indulgently and says something inspirational like, “I knew you could do it, dear.”

Like most things portrayed on screen, it doesn’t happen that way in real life.

When kids figure something out, they get what I like to call ‘lightbulb face.’ You can literally see the proverbial light bulb go off above their head, and they go slack jawed and wild eyed, usually letting out a dramatic gasp or “Ooh! Ooh!” They pop out of their seats like popcorn.

Sometimes, it’s…

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