Today, however, was a unique day in my role as a technology coach. Today, I got to co-teach a lesson with Mr. Martinez at Los Osos High School and it. was. perfect.
I had a chance to make something potentially very useful, even if it isn't that flashy, in Desmos:
But we're missing something. We're missing how much we as teachers take for granted the smile that Darin comes in with every morning, good day or bad. We're missing the high five that Rylan wants after she answers a question correctly. We're missing the wide-eyed Octavio who is eager to learn because you're the one person he has learned to trust. We're missing the difficult Andrew who comes in with a chip on his shoulder and dares you to brush it off.
When it all comes down to the details, we know that we didn't get into teaching for the paycheck - that's merely a byproduct and tangible reward for what goes unnoticed on a daily, even hourly, basis. My day today was filled with so many moments that reminded my why I loved my job as a teacher and why I love supporting other teachers who are ready to push themselves. While I often overlooked them while I was teaching, I certainly don't miss the chance to cherish them now. I'll say it again:
If you're teaching, cherish that. Be proud of that. We are a noble profession.