Post # 1
After just over two years of teaching (and many “mini”-moments), I just had my BIG relevation/verification…
Long story short, one of my fourth graders–who struggled with even number sense at the beginning of the year–not only related addition to subtraction, BUT he:
- forced HIMSELF to challenge himself (that’s usually my job)
- got EVERY question right (that would be 34 in all)
- finished his work early (which usually means we get to play a game, but instead he chose to practice his multiplication facts, at which he KICKED ASS)
- Oh, then he related our football word problem to kinetic/potential energy
- AND said he missed his group-mate who was absent (and who he also used to bully).
I am so incredibly proud of him and it’s INSANE to believe that I could possibly be a teeny, tiny part of his success.
Anybody else care to share their “teacher moments?” 🙂
Post # 3
I know I’m not alone in this!
Post # 4
Although I’m not a full fledged teacher yet (graduating tomorrow and just finished student teaching!), there have been some sweet sweet moments that just drove home why I’m doing what I’m doing.
One this semester was with a boy whom I’ll call George. It was clear in the first week of school that he was on the autism spectrum. He refused to make eye contact with anyone, would frequently be unable to verbalize his thoughts, was antisocial, broke down and sobbed during transitions, etc. He was tough, but I made him my project and knew I’d see George be successful.
Now he makes eye contact with everyone (unless he is very upset). He’s written stories and asked to read them aloud in front of the class. He doesn’t shut down anymore. He just has so much more confidence. He’s made friends. I can’t believe it’s the same kid, and I am so glad I got to see and be part of his transformation.
Post # 5
@bowsergirl: Autism on any spectrum is rough, ESPECIALLY as a student teacher! (I personally believe Autism is oddly beautiful). Good for you. I’m so glad you got to see him grow 🙂
And you are amazing for being a part of it.
Post # 6
Teaching is the best!!!!!! Good for you and your little kiddo–congrats!!
Hmm, favorite teaching moments…. A high-school dropout, homeless, single mom got her GED after I volunteered tutoring her for 3 months. 🙂
One of my freshman composition students emailed me to say he took a creative writing class after my class because I had really given him confidence in his writing and inspired him with my love for poetry.
Love working with students. 🙂
Post # 7
Congrats to YOU! I don’t think anyone (other than fellow teachers) understand how incredibly bittersweet it is to be a teacher.
One of my mentors just informed me that a college-going theme she had instilled in her class almost ten years ago REALLY had an effect on at least one of her students… He emailed her this month saying he was applying for Harvard, because she pushed him back in third grade to go to any college he wanted to go to.