The Way I See It

Teachers are paid to know the answers in the back of the book, but the questions are what keep me interested. How do we teach children point of view? I pondered this as I looked at the world through plate glass in the Robinson Street Starbucks last week. I absentmindedly turned my coffee cup to warm my hands and as I did, I noticed “The Way I See It.” I love reading these perspectives scrunched into words to fit on the back of a coffee cup. I especially loved reading this one:

The way I see it
Isn’t necessarily
The way you see it
Or the way it is
Or ought to be
What’s more important
Is that we’re all
Looking for it
And a way to see it

–Desi Di Nardo
Author and Poet
she lives in Toronto, Canada

One of the things I have loved about having Abbie Radcliffe as a student teacher is “looking” with her. For six weeks we have put our heads together and looked. We’ve looked at children, teaching, writing, reading, and so much more. I value her insight, perspective, teaching talent, and her warmth with children. I am grateful to her for her many contributions to our classroom. This is Abbie’s last week. We will miss her in Room 204! That’s the way I see it. Good luck, Ms. Radcliffe!

About Annie Campbell

Annie Campbell is a National Board Certified teacher and loves her work. After a forty year career in the classroom, she continues to support teachers. Annie enjoys cooking for family and friends; she likes to lose herself in a good book; she loves discovering new ideas, restaurants, perfect picnic places, and movies with her husband, Ben.
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4 Responses to The Way I See It

  1. Stacey says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I gave your blog an “I heart your blog” award. You can view the post at

  2. Mary Alice says:

    Got to your blog by way of Two Writing Teachers. Love your thoughts. What lucky students you have!

  3. Jay Parker says:

    I love that quote from the Starbucks cup!

  4. Amy Brown says:

    For Ms. Radcliffe and anyone else lucky enough to teach (in one form or another!)…

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