With all the stresses of teaching, such as state testing, Common Core, new teacher evaluation systems, goal-setting, and tons of added paperwork, it is easy to forget why I even started this career in the first place. Things have changed so drastically in the educational arena over the past 20 years, I sometimes wonder what is going to be left of education 20 years from now….
Then, on days like today, a wonderful reminder of what it’s all about shows its beautiful face. As I rushed about my classroom this morning, preparing for the oh-so-necessary math lesson scheduled to begin promptly at 8:12 am, immediately following morning announcements, a student quietly placed this beautiful, sweet booklet on my desk. As the announcements began, I sat down at my desk to listen with my class. I looked down, saw the gift, opened to the first page, and started to read.
Tears filled my eyes as I realized what I meant to this student. I really had no idea that my students listen so closely to what I say…who would have thought they would remember how much I love chocolate or that I love the feeling of running through the woods? This girl did. She found commonalities and made connections to her teacher. It melted my heart.
Not waiting for the announcements to finish, I walked over to my student, hugged her, and told her how much I loved the booklet and that I would always keep and cherish it.
It’s not without mistakes. There are a few misspellings and errors. The pictures aren’t all aligned, either. I don’t care. I love it. To me, it is perfect.
This, folks, is what it is really all about:
Yes. This makes me a distinguished teacher.