[An Abecedary of Cape-Wearing] A is for Caveat

Let’s start off 2014 with an ABC book!  Let’s call it the… Abecedary of Cape-Wearing! Let’s start right now!
from http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/04/08/the-abc-of-superheroes/
is for Caveat
Wait… what? Did I mean to do that?  Yes, and it’s making me giggle. While that doesn’t gurantee that it’s actually funny, it does prove I did it on purpose and like it.  How, in the name of education, can I start an abecedary with the word Caveat?  How do I dare take a standardized structure like the ABCs and then start with the letter C?  For many reasons actually, but let me explain in a meandering sort of way.

Along with Mentor Text Mondays, Amy (of aforementioned powerhouse and does-what-she-says-she-does fame), and I agreed to try to post an abecedary to get ourselves blogging again. Click here to follow Amy’s Abecedary of Reflection.

I ran through a variety of topic ideas over the last weeks of 2013 and eventually decided to go back to the roots of Wear the Cape–my belief in the empirical super powers of teachers. I have many (too many) opinions about super heroes and their application to education. I talk about it often enough that some folks might think I’m just a childhood superhero fan trying to thread my hobby into my work. Truthfully, I had to learn about superheros from scratch a few years ago. Click here to read about my Aha! moment while watching the Green Lantern movie. While I won’t pretend it is laborious to watch movies and read comic books, this is still a learning curve for me. As I learn, I’m continually reminded that I’m right (hee). The history and mythology of superheroes has a depth to it that is often misunderstood. I recently started reading this book that relates intense philosophical ideas to superhero lore. It’s a complex read!  Fascinating, to be sure, but not fluffy.

Why start the Abecedary of Cape-wearing with a caveat then? Well, it comes down to the capes. See here for a quick context-setting video:

So you see how a blog called Wear the Cape getting ready to post an Abecedary of Cape-Wearing might need to start with a caveat.

ca·ve·at
ˈkavēˌät,ˈkäv-/
noun
  1. 1.
    a warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations.
    synonyms: warningcautionadmonitionMore
My caveat is this. As a super teacher you  may or may not choose to have a cape–literal or figurative. While I am a fan of capes as a fashion statement, when I refer to capes I am actually referring to any symbol that reminds you (and the world) that you do indeed have super powers as a teacher of children or leader of teachers. With this caveat an Abecedary on Cape-Wearing can be applied to all super teachers–cape or not.As the Wear the Cape Purpose Statement reads:

It may be that teachers need a dose of super powers in order to truly commit to the education of children. Without this magic the daily grind can be too much. At times we may forget we are, indeed, super, and might need to don our capes as a reminder. Sometimes, it isn’t enough to be the super teacher in our hearts. Sometimes you gotta wear the cape.

Teaching is a deeply personal profession. Education professionals care so deeply and for so many hours a day, that we just sort of assume they will keep on caring so deeply and so consistently for ever and ever–no matter how hard it is, no matter what the news says about us, no matter what the current political tide. And we will–it’s what we do. But it’s hard work to maintain such a high level of vigilance and expectation of work, of ourselves. We need to pat ourselves on the back, refresh, renew, and giggle sometimes. My solution is to wear a cape. On a daily basis, my cape is only in my head. When absolutely necessary I am not averse to putting an actual cape on to make my point–either to myself or to others, but I usually mean the one in my imagination.


So, tuck my caveat in your cape pocket and join me as I work my way through an Abecedary of Cape-wearing. If you are reading this (and even if you aren’t, it’s just harder to prove) you have a cape. Let’s celebrate it!

Things to think about as we go along:

Who is your favorite superhero? Do you have a cape?  Do you want one?





2 thoughts on “[An Abecedary of Cape-Wearing] A is for Caveat

  1. Thanks for the post. Teachers do have super-powers and are very dedicated. As Uncle Ben Parker says, “With great power come great responsiblity”, so teachers need to know when to don the cape and do what is needed to be done. Personally, I wouldn't wear a cape, like Spiderman my favorite hero, but I'd wield the power.

  2. I am loving your abecedary and can't wait to follow along! You inspired the idea- so stop complimenting me! Thanks for challenging me to wear my own cape!

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