Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What A Group

I don't normally share my personal life with my students, but, I felt I had to tell them about my dad's health.  I wanted them to understand why I had to answer my cell phone if it rang and why I have been out a few times recently.  (I had perfect attendance until recently.)  My crazy, dysfunctional algebra kids got it. Today, one by one they stopped me in the hall and asked how things were going.  One girl told me to call her if I needed to talk.  Another offered me a hug.  A third told them all to be quiet and work as I didn't need the stress.  They  worked all period today.

These kids are tenth graders.  It feels good to know there will be a few people who will miss me next year.  They aren't great students but they are fantastic people.   I know I will miss every single one of them.


ChiTown Girl said...

Aw, how incredibly sweet. Isn't it great when your kids surprise you like that?

Anonymous said...

Maybe they are crazy, but they have hearts!! I've been offered hugs but not taken them for fear of administrative reprisal. Isn't that a shame? They are as human as we are if not more so in spite of their learning issues!!! They are fortunate to have you as a teacher and to know you, and they know that.

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abused teacher said...

These are the best kinds of classes. The bonds formed are not over content or grades, but rather as a mutual respect for each other as humans. Kids get it, and know how to be there for each other as well as the loving, caring, adults that they encounter!
There is no other way to put it than they are the best part of the job. And often we forget how lucky we are to have them to brighten our day and restore our faith in this horrid system.