Monday, January 25, 2010

Teacher moment of the day...

"Let us think of ways to encourage one another
to outbursts of love and good deeds."
~Hebrews 10:24


Everyone needs encouragement... As a teacher, I don't get a lot of "atta boy" pats on the back. That was my choice though. Venturing into the high school English classroom doesn't always provide a teacher with inspiration, appreciation, validation. But every once in a while I have one of those moments that makes my profession, my calling, worth it.

Today, one of my former students signed a scholarship to play soccer. It was a big deal. Last week, I received an email from her mother inviting me to be there. She said that I was her daughter's "favorite teacher in high school, and I had instilled a love of reading and learning in her that would continue to influence her in her coming years." I was so humbled. I had no idea. I "keep up" with this student like I do all my former kiddos--catching up when I see them in hallways, ask them sports questions if they are athletes, music/theater questions if they are drama kids, but it's mostly just polite chit chat. To be invited to a scholarship signing by the parents of a former student was a high honor to me--silly as it may seem to some of you--and you better believe I got coverage for my class and showed up. It was cool. I am so proud of her.

I only wish the feeling had continued into the next 30 minute period when I received an angry email from a parent questioning me on why I hadn't recommended their child to take AP English next year... Ah the fleeting joys of the high school world. I'm gonna live on that first moment for awhile though.

4 comments:

Kris said...

Amen sister.

Tiffany Norris said...

That's awesome!

Holly said...

Aww, I'm sure you are a GREAT teacher. What a neat experience. And forget the grouchy parent... There are way too many of those out there!

Cortney said...

That IS a big deal, and you're right- you have to cherish the complimentary moments before some rude parent comes and ruins it! I completely understand sister. What a great way to feel loved and appreciated!