Friday Night Lights

Is it weird that I really enjoy volunteering in the concession stand during football games? ‘Cos I do.

I like adding up the prices in my head and making change, because it keeps me sharp. I like working with our awesome PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) president and her equally awesome family, because they give me hope. I like boxing up popcorn and making coffee, maybe because at some level, it reminds me of being in the kitchen at the Rock. But what I like most is seeing the kids.

You’d think after spending all week with them, I’d be tired of them, but I love seeing them in a different context, where they’re just having a good time with their friends, and where I don’t have to tell them to quiet down or get in their seats or tuck in their shirttails. They’re comfortable and happy, and so am I.

The dynamic is different, and I think that’s really important. Kids need to know that their teachers like them. Of course I adore them — how could I not, when they’re so funny and clever and full of potential? — but I’m not sure they realize that when I’m nagging them about the dress code or the cell phone policy or whatever. When I’m serving them nachos or making them hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, the vibe is different, and I think it’s well worth the effort to have those moments of simple happiness.

Emily

4 thoughts on “Friday Night Lights”

  1. That sounds like fun. I actually enjoyed the few times I did concession in high school. We used to do it to earn extra money for Academic Team. I think maybe we did it for cheerleading once, too. (Two sentences that a normal person would never utter, lol.) I’m really glad this has been such a good transition for you. I do miss working with ya, though.

  2. My experience has been that if a teacher wants to be MOST effective it is important to show the kids that teachers are people too. Thirty six years of participation with our schools has been very rewarding for me. I was the “Voice of the Bulldogs” for over 20 years. I am now in my 40th year of raising children — keeps you young! Keep up the good work.

  3. awwww…emily i luv that you’ve come into my world!!
    its funny since the rock has been down ive been substitute teaching
    The saddest thing i hear is that many of the conversations revolve around kids discussing how their parents are not around at their activities. Trust me even at dances and sporting games whether they are participating or not they want us there. Many of them bond with other parents and teachers. It is great to be able to look at the individual talents and share this with the kids and encourage that. Maybe one day they will talk about us on Oprah! I cant wait till the Rock is open again so that we can see this happen up close! You wouldnt believe how many want to sponge off what we can teach them!!!!

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