We all have that friend. The one whom no matter what, you have their back, and they have yours. With that comes the relentless teasing, ribbing, and general Tom Foolery. Yep, I just said Tom Foolery. For me it is John. I call him J, or J-bird…don’t know why, just do. Now John and I have been best friends since the first day of college, almost 22 years now, and we have been through a lot. Good, bad, crazy…but that isn’t what this post is about.
I have a reputation of making mistakes when it comes to writing. Spelling mistakes, punctuation, conventional, you name it. I blame that on being an elementary teacher and reading first and second grade writing for 15 years, but the reality of it is I’ve never been great with that stuff. In fact as I sit here and type out this post, there are multiple red squiggles reaffirming my struggle…the struggle is real folks!
Since John and I are great friends, and we tease each other about EVERYTHING, he likes to rip on me about my typographical errors. He calls me Captain Typo. Whenever I post to Facebook, send an email, text, whatever, he will point out my typos with the tagline “Captain Typo Strikes Again”. It doesn’t bother me, but it got me thinking.
Teachers aren’t perfect, and our students aren’t either. Celebrate that! Embrace your shortcomings. Use that to connect with your students. We want our student to challenge themselves, to do things that are hard. We want them to make mistakes, and learn from them. We want them to fail, and figure out why. They may just surprise you, they may surprise themselves, and they may just change the world, Typos and All!