I Am A Teacher: Linda Hillestad

November 01, 1990 1 min read

Linda Hillestad
Geography, 6th grade
Bookings Middle School
Brookings, S.D.

If you can’t laugh at yourself, you might as well hang it up. And you’ve got to laugh with the students, too. There are some teachers who think that it’s against the law for you to smile or to laugh in class. Oh! You won’t have any control then. But sometimes kids just do the silliest things. It’s laughable, so you do....

I just plain have fun. I am totally unpredictable. You might come in here sometime when I’m up on top of a desk doing something.....

I guess teaching allows you to be creative. It’s never routine. It’s never boring. My mind is always going. And I like learning. I learn an awful lot as I’m helping my kids learn. I think that’s one of the best examples I can set for them. Wow, I didn’t know that! Hey, look at this! Teachers don’t know everything. We’re still learning all the time.

From I Am A Teacher, by David Marshall Marquis and Robin Sachs. Copyright © 1990 by David Marshall Marquis and Robin Sachs. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster Inc.
A version of this article appeared in the November 01, 1990 edition of Teacher as I Am A Teacher