My reputation as a second grade teacher is that I provide students with a structured classroom. At least, I believe that is my reputation because honestly we don’t truly know what is said about us behind our backs.
Anyway, most of the time the relationship I have with the parents of my students is based upon mutual respect. There are occasional families that do not appreciate the limits and structure I provide. Usually their children are the ones that need our type of classroom the most.
But I digress because this is not a vent. This is a moment of gratitude. I have a student in my class this year who is very bright and very ….. spirited. Her parents are smart and well educated. M has responded to my teaching style in such positive ways. She has blossomed this year and I adore her.
But I digress because this is not about me patting myself on the back.
As I mentioned above, this is a moment for gratitude.
What I am grateful for is this:
M’s parents do not miss an opportunity to thank me in notes, emails, or when they see me at a school event. They are so happy that their daughter loves coming to school each day and how she has made positive changes in her behavior towards her baby brothers at home. I thank them for their expression of appreciation all the time. It’s not every day that we hear how we positively affect our younger students. And boy oh boy, the negative stuff is as powerful as a knife in our hearts.
I am home today with my daughter who is having a second surgery in a month’s time. (It’s minor and she’s going to be fine). But I found out that M’s mom baked cookies for me today and sent them in to school.
And who wouldn't be grateful for cookies?