Oh, the Places You'll Go!
On a final note from convention...I wrote and shared my version of "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" at our FACS Division Awards Brunch. I had several of you request this....so instead of attaching the power point to the website, I just thought I would close this newsletter with it for you to use.
Oh, the Places You'll Go With FACS!!
Today is your day. You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
FACS Teachers have brains in our heads and feet in our shoes
And we can steer ourselves any direction we choose.
You're on your own...With all sorts of changes...
and the next latest and greatest thing to add to your list to your ranges!
YOU'RE THE ONE WHO'LL DECIDE WHERE TO GO!!
You'll look over courses AND students-look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go THERE!"
But with your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you know you're TOO SMART to go down any not-so-good street.
So You'll Choose to Go Look for Those Creative Places!
In wide open air...Field trips, guest speakers, and internet spaces!
Out there things can happen and frequently do...
To those FACS teachers who risk like some will not do!
And when things start to happen, don't worry...don't stew...
Just go right along! You'll start happening, too!
You'll be on your way UP!
You'll be seeing great sights...
You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
As your students compete and get honors galore!
And administration keeps asking for more!
You won't lag behind, 'cause you'll have the great speed;
to pass the whole gang and soon take the lead!
WHEREVER You Fly, You'll be the best of the BEST!
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest!
Except when you don't, because FACS teachers never give up!
Even when banged up, or hung up, or left in a lurch.
We're creative, resourceful and full of great fun!
Wouldn't want to be anything other than one!
And when in a slump with an unpleasant bump...
Call your FACS teacher to give you a nudge...
Because sometimes it's just not easy to budge..
If you come to a place where the streets are not marked;
Where courses, grading, labs and the such;
Become all jumbled and a little bit much...
A place where change and much help is needed...
Find a FACS teacher to meet you for lunch!
Because we're good at things with food!
And seem to think better and less likely to brood!
You can get so confused that you'll start in to race
down long winding roads at a break-necking pace...
And go on for miles among wild student space...
Headed, I fear, toward a most useless place...
THE WAITING PLACE...For people just waiting...
Waiting for a new principal or coworker or two;
a budget, a grant or a workshop or two.
A pay raise, a new schedule, or perhaps a new job;
A thank you, an "atta girl or guy", or a class that's a joy;
With "yes mam" or "no mam" respectful social graces..
With no discipline problems, but smiles on kids' faces
With excitement to learn...
Oh, wouldn't that be wonderful we longingly yearn...
With our room the great hub of the school...
With ice to be borrowed...Just a knife, bowl or two...
Do you have any cups? Any milk? Any napkins?
How 'bout a Ziploc? A needle or thread?
And do you have time to refashion this little black dress?
Or launder the football team uniforms that are a mess?
Will the list never end for a FACS teacher's call?
AND CAN PEOPLE RETURN ALL OF MY TABLECLOTHS AND ALL?
In addition to lesson plans, FCCLA, committees and such...
We manage a home, a few kids and a faculty lunch.
We wear many hats that can be a bit much;
But we have to learn how to not lose our touch
With our family, our friends and our sanity, too!
That's a large call, heaven forbid, something new!
Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing
With banner flip-flapping, once more you're riding high!
Ready for anything under the sky!
With students ready to shape and to learn.
It makes us so happy that we've helped with a turn.
Remember the reason you chose this profession..
And money was NOT the reason you're confessing!
Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored and games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with your group,
Will make you the NUMBER ONE TEACHER IS THE SCOOP!!
You'll be famous as famous can be
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes they won't.
I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games, too...
Whether you like it or not...Alone you will be something you'll be quite a lot.
And when you're alone, there's a very good chance-
That a few things will scare you right out of your pants.
There are parents and students and new principals, too...
New handbooks, new courses, new content, it's true.
And praying your program will make it and your job, as well, too.
But go on you will!!
FACS teachers though the weather be foul.
Will go on and meet challenges with enemies on the prowl.
With teachers who say, "Your job looks like fun";
With exactly no clue of the job it involves.
Grocery shopping, lab classes, FCCLA in the middle...
With piles here and there...NO TIME to PIDDLE!
But on and on you will hike....
And I know you'll hike far and face up to your problems, whatever they are.
Step with great care and great tact...
Because remember being a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher is a great balancing act!
Just NEVER forget to be dexterous and deft...and
NEVER mix up your right foot with your left!!
AND will you succeed?
Yes! You, will indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed!!!)
So whatever your name is, FACS Teacher,
You're off to GREAT PLACES!!
Today is your day!
So, off to your classroom...
So...Get on Your Way!