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Dec 15 2010

B is for Become Penguin

“Once you’ve reached the point of no return, one penguin more or one penguin less each day doesn’t make much difference anymore.  You live penguin.  You think penguin.  You dream penguin.  You become penguin.”

- 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet

I am quickly becoming obsessed with 365 Penguins, a beautiful and hilarious math story given to me by a fellow Rocketship teacher during our Secret Santa exchange last night.  Has my teaching experience ever been summarized more succinctly?

Tomorrow is the last day of my first semester of teaching. This is truly the point of no return.  I have eighty-two students who are wonderful, monstrous, and brilliant.  I live and breathe their world.  I dream for them and about them.  I have always loved them, but now, I am learning to like them unconditionally and passionately.  I admire each of them tremendously and want every good thing in the world for them.

“There’s nothing we can’t achieve, because in ourselves, we believe in love.”

- Will.I.Am and Sesame Street, “What I Am”

For the kids,


One Response

  1. Catherine Canty

    Bailey, I am an old friend of your mother’s from MWC. I teach 4th grade as well and you have written with a teacher’s heart. You spoke for me as well. I am in my 6th year of teaching and am still in awe of the love and the connection for and with each child! You must be a fabulous teacher – you have heart!

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Bailey Thomson, Bay Area Corps Member 2010

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