Reasons to teach are few and far between these days. Every now and then God sends me small blessings that remind me why it’s good to wake up at 5:40 each morning, why it’s ok to have headaches 4/5 week a days, why it’s good to spend 14 hours grading essays over the weekends, why it’s worth my time to show I care.
Recent Blessing 1: Preface: Our students were able to go to the Junior High recently to scope out the new building they’ll be in next year; I think the whole experience made them pre-nostalgic about their years at the middle school.
Later in that day – a student asked me if we are reading another novel after we finish reading our current novel. I told him that there just isn’t enough time and that we are indeed reading the last novel for the year. As he left the room he said, “I’m going to miss you Mrs. Hart.”
Recent Blessing 2: A student who has been uncooperative the entire school year – and is currently being isolated – finished reading his first book ever from cover to cover. I am so proud!
Recent Blessing 3: I have a tendency to embarrass students when they aren’t using their noggin. After terribly embarrassing a student this week, I apologized to him at the end of class. I was trying to get on his nerves because after I asked him the answer to something he said, “You know what, I don’t care.” Three days later he tells me to walk to the end of the hall because he wants to tell me something, and he says, “You know how you apologized to me, well, I think I owe you an apology too. I’m sorry that I said I don’t care, because I do.”