Friday, March 18, 2011

SOLSC: A Visit - 18/31

The Slice of Life Story Challenge 
is hosted by the Two Writing Teachers.

A Visit

I've been teaching just over ten years.  When the fifth grade class "graduates" from elementary school, I tell the kids that they are always welcome to come back and visit.  Maybe because they are growing up, they are just too cool, or they don't have the time, not many take me up on my offer.

But every once in a while, a previous student will stop by for a visit.   Usually at a time when I'm rushing out the door.  But I stay.  Some how their name returns to me out of thin air.   I ask questions.  They answer in brief.  I ask more questions. I give them my time because it is important. It's important to them.  It's important to me.

There is one student who returns year after year.  She may only stop by one time an entire school year, but she has not missed a year since she completed elementary school.  She is now a junior in high school.  Six years later and she's still checking in.  How awesome is that?




5 comments:

  1. Kids that remain with you a special gift for a teacher. It's great that you encourage those ties even if you have to slow down and adjust your end of the day plans, Michelle.
    Bonnie

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  2. What a testiment to you as a teacher. I love when my students come back to visit as well. I think it's that feeling that I truly did make a difference...a difference enough for them to stop by and say hi.

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  3. It really is a compliment to you as a teacher & a person who cares, even beyond the job. How nice for you, & how nice to hear you share about it.

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  4. Ah. Such a great story. It is always nice to be considered important - but to return year after year to "check up" on someone is incredible. Clearly, you have made an impact on her life and she values you. Enjoy those moments, even if you are needed elsewhere.

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  5. You made a big impression on that student and you obviously have something to offer her. She is lucky to have you.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.