Skip to main content

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?


  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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


Post a Comment

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Popular posts from this blog

{40 reasons} #sol15

Slice of Life  hosted  at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life. _____________________________________________________ Today my husband celebrates a big, BIG birthday -- and I'm so lucky and thankful to have spent  the last sixteen years learning about everything that he loves the last (almost) twelve years learning about everything that I love about him the last (almost) five years learning with my daughters why we love our Daddy. Created at _____________________________________________________ Happy, happy 40th birthday Jon!

{#sol15} 10 Tips for the Challenge

Slice of Life  hosted  at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life. Last Saturday morning, I didn't need to wake up early.  I wanted to go back to sleep.  But instead my brain was awake and thinking.  Creating this list.  Writing this post.   Many of us are embarking on an adventure - the Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Writing, sharing, and commenting for thirty-one days in March. Want to learn more about the SOLSC?  Check out Stacey's post {HERE} about the challenge hosted by the "Fab Six" over at the Two Writing Teachers ' blog.   I hope you find these tips for the challenge helpful whether you are a first-time slicer (cue confetti!) or a year five slicer like me. 1. Before the challenge

solsc: comments matter 18/31

March Slice of Life Story Challenge  hosted  at the  Two Writing Teachers Join us for a month of writing! After two days of writing struggles, I was slowing moving out of the writer's block quicksand that was sucking me into that stuck world of "I don't wanna write." I wrote a different post for today.  I was ready to press on with this challenge.  I did not fear the orange publish button.  I was going to just write. Then throughout the evening, I read the comments from my slice from yesterday: struggle . I had tears in my eyes.  I had goosebumps reading the comments other slicers, writers, teachers, mothers, friends wrote for little ole me and my writing struggles. Thank you for sharing in my