Monday, August 16, 2010

Student Sweetness

There are many approaches to teaching. I was raised with the attitude that learning was fun and over the years as I have developed my teaching style, I've tried to keep that attitude at the forefront. I know I'm not supposed to have favorites as a teacher, but I do. I have many favorite students, there are honestly some great kids in some of my classes.

But one of my classes in particular is full of wonderful students. The class is called C3 and it's a group of girls, all around 6th grade. They are just great girls. In that class, there are a few girls that stand out, and there is one girl who I have to admit, were I to choose a favorite, she would be it. Her name is Jennifer Lee. She is just an awesome kid. She works hard, is self motivated, never puts others down but encourages the other girls to do well. She's wonderful.

So today in class I mentioned that most teachers are only here for one year. She raised her hand and asked if I was going to stay for only one year. I told her yes, that I would be leaving in November. I noticed her face drop and I thought it wasn't a big deal, so I moved the conversation along. I looked back at her a minute later and her eyes were red and puffy. She was crying! I almost laughed- it was SO sweet! I teach her sister Vivian as well and I know that I am their favorite teacher (or at least they tell me so) but this was really precious.

I love these C3 girls so much! I wish I could take them with me. Actually, I wish I could be their youth group leader and talk to them about real issues instead of worrying about their grammar. I try to get deep with them, well as deep as you can get with 12 year old girls. We've covered issues in our debate class like plastic surgery on minors, self esteem, and respect. I tease them and joke with them. We often find ourselves rolling (some of them literally out of their seats on the floor) with laughter.

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