Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Teacher Appreciation Day

I don't write a lot about work and I usually like to keep it that way. But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity. Either that or I don't have much of anything else to post about. We'll go with the latter.

I know it is only Tuesday, but yesterday was a pretty rough day. It's hard to come back after being gone for two days and feel prepared for the week. I did my best to get all things accomplished prior to being gone... all things I could get done. We had an intense assessment results meeting yesterday afternoon and there is nothing worse than feeling unprepared. I am not one to leave things for the last minute, but when there are multiple people involved, I can't control every one and their "responsibilities" with a task as such. With the feeling of unpreparedness, and a couple other minor glitches, the meeting came and went. And well leave it at that.

On a positive note, it is Teacher Appreciation Week. As I was checking my box this morning I found a few notes from students, expressing their appreciation for me. A couple made me chuckle, as their spelling wasn't too far from awful but their words were very sincere. It really made my morning. Then I had a student that was extremely tired this morning. I had drawn attention to his negative attitude and asked him to change his tone of voice when talking to me, as he was getting quite defensive and rude. He left my room with a bad attitude and when working with him later this morning he was still agitated. This afternoon he came to my room and apologized for the way he spoke to me. I know that this came straight from him and no one told him to do this because I did not bring this situation to anyone's attention.

I know I have said it before, and I am going to say it again. I truly enjoy teaching and it is so much more than a job to me. It's days like yesterday that can be very frustrating and challenging, and then there are days like today, that remind me why I do what I do.

OCN: SPIN - 21.90 miles, 58:12, 22.58mph

10 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I'm glad you are getting notes on teacher appreciation day. Teachers really do make a huge impact on kids. :)

akshaye said...

That is a great gesture from your students. You clearly make a huge difference in their lives. Of all the teachers I have ever had, the ones I still remember today are the ones that taught me in primary school. You guys are special - thanks for doing such a wonderful job!

Marcy said...

That is SOOOOOO sweet! I absolutely agree with Akshaye! You def made a huge difference in their lives, especially if they'd go out of their way to send you a little thank you note :-) Sweet!

teacherwoman said...

Okay. I have to clarify something. All students were required to write an appreciation letter to a teacher of their choice. These three students obviously "chose" me, but it wasn't something they did on their own!

Wes said...

Teachers are so under appreciated :-) Kids don't realize it until they are grown up grumpy old men :-D

Triseverance said...

Good teachers are important, happy appreciation day. On a side note we live in a "smallish" district. We have 80 some teachers and staff. Well guess who got to burn them all appreciation CD's, yep that be me! Have a great week!

Jess said...

Glad you got some well-deserved appreciation!

IronGambit said...

I have to agree with Wes :)

Jess said...

I'm glad your students are showing their appreciation, even if they had to write a letter they still picked you!

Teachers rock and make such a big impact on us all.

Danielle said...

I admire what you do as I know there is NO WAY I could be a teacher!! Particularly with the type of kids you work with...really says a lot about you as a person. You must have a TON of patience!!