Touching Teacher Moment

I haven't posted on here for a while, but I wanted to share something that happened to me at school today.

One of my students from last year came down to my room today as the all of my current students were going to their lockers and getting ready to go home. She is a good girl, but had problems focusing and sometimes talked back last year. I could tell that she was upset, so I asked her what was bothering her.

She said that she just wanted to apologize to me. I had no idea why she would want to apologize. She said that she was just really sorry, "I was stupid last year," was the one thing she kept repeating. The tears started flowing down her face and she said that she should have believed in me more because I always believed in her.

I gave her a hug and told her that I did believe in her and I still do. We talked for a few minutes and I told her that she could change those things she did last year that she wanted to apologize for this afternoon. We are still in the first month of school and she can make a fresh new start for this year.

I hope to see her around more this year and in the following years. I know she is a bright young lady and can do so many great things. I teach fifth grade and our school is fifth through eighth grades, so I am really excited about getting to see her grow up in the next couple of years. I guess I never knew I made such a difference in her life last year and it was nice to be appreciated and recognized.
That is sugar sweet!! So great for her to have that level of understanding and maturity. Looks like she's had one of life's lesson's and make it through!
I guess I never knew I made such a difference in her life last year and it was nice to be appreciated and recognized.
You do. And she will probably remember you for many years. I'm old now, but to this day I remember the teachers who made a difference in my education. At the time I hated them, then I realized they were tough because they knew we could learn things but were just being lazy.
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"If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."
Malcolm X
That's really sweet. I think so many kids go through the system feeling like the whole thing is trying to chew them up. It must be a huge relief to find someone who you know is on your side.
That's awesome.

After I finished college I started trying to hunt down my third grade teacher to thank her. She was retired, and the school didn't have any forwarding info (I would have gladly sent them a letter to forward w/out asking them to give me her contact info), and couldn't find her in the obvious places like the phone book. She completely changed the way I saw school, and I would have loved to have been able to let her know.
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
How nice! Moments like that can make all the crap that teachers deal with worth it.

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