I must admit that in my many years as a teacher, I have wondered (many times) if students are really listening to me. Last week was my birthday, and I was gifted "evidence" that they really do notice something other than my bad hair days or that I forgot to change the visual schedule on a particular morning. I cried happy tears when I opened the fancy pink gift bag one of my precious students handed me on my birthday. Here is the evidence!
Oh, happy day! I cried. I jumped up and down. I hugged little J. She beamed and said, "It was really hard to convince my mom that I should give you a jar, but I just know how much you love jars. You have jars for everything around here and you smile when you say, "Go get one out of the jar"! She's right. I do LOVE jars and I love that she noticed something so simple. She said her mom made her put the apple in it, because they didn't have any bananas (my favorite fruit). I tell ya, I could still shed happy tears just thinkin' about that sweet little gal and her perfect gift.
This week I'm going to pack 25 parent/teacher conferences into 2 half days and one late evening and I'm going to spend some time being thankful for my students and the fact that they really do listen and pay attention. I have evidence.
Have a great week!