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Lessons from a 6 year old

Saturday, May 12, 2012

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW). I am very fortunate - at my school, we have a wonderful PTA and very supportive parents. All week they had fun games for us, treats - and it was a fantastic week. But one of my very favorite parts of the week is getting notes from my kiddos. Sometimes it's (unfortunately) easy to get bogged down in the not-so-fun parts of education - like "will I have a job next year?" "will this kid EVER behave?" The notes from my kids reaffirm why I do what I do.

I've been a crying mess all week. I want to share two of my very favorite notes with you.

"I enjoy music class, you are the best teacher I could ever dream of."

"You are my best music teacher I saw in my whole entire life. I like music so much because you plan fun things like Bluebird Bluebird. Also I like the scarves you wear sometimes."

There are a few lessons I think we can all take from this.

No compliment is too small - everyone likes to be appreciated. It doesn't hurt anything to give a compliment.

Pay attention to the little stuff. I don't think twice about wearing scarves - it's just something I do. But this kindergarten girl notices my scarves. Lucky for me, she noticed a positive thing. But it could have been something else. What do people notice about you? Is it that you wear nice earrings? That you always smile at the cashier? Or do they notice something else - that you always roll your eyes at the bank? I will be paying much more attention to how I act.

I hope this Mother's Day weekend finds you all well. Give mum a hug and thank her for everything.

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  • TIGGER622
    awwwww I love your little lessons!!!! you are an awesome teacher!!! so glad you had a good week, we all appreciate you and your fabulousness!!!
    1711 days ago
    Nice ideas! Thanks for sharing. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

    1713 days ago
    Great blog! Something we all need to remember.
    1713 days ago
    This is inspiring. I'm a teacher also, and I used to keep a calendar of the positive little things that happened every day. I have fallen off the wagon. I need to get back to doing that, because it really did help me deal with the negative things that you mentioned. Thank you for this reminder. Very timely. Have a great weekend!
    1713 days ago
    So cute! That must have made you really feel good. I didn't get any notes - my kids are too old and too cool for that stuff. Haha. All we got were lots and lots of food treats. Pros and cons there for sure.
    1714 days ago
    Yes, you never know who is paying attention, and at what! Love the message here.
    1714 days ago
    This was so sweet!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    1714 days ago
    How sweet! It is so important to be reminded of why we do what we do, isn't it?

    I teach big kids, who tend not to say many nice things, but a few weeks ago I had the following conversation take place in my room:

    Student A: You're having a really good hair day Ms B!
    Student B: She's having a really good hair week!

    Most of the comments I get about my teaching happen when they go off to college and FB me to tell me that their prof thinks that they are a good writer, or to thank me for teaching them how to read poetry.

    1714 days ago
  • MUFFIY831
    So sweet!!
    1714 days ago
    Friday was our day to get notes from our kids...Monday we were given flowers-I have two big vases filled at home and one at school.. Tuesday they brought us edible treats, so now I have a stash of chocolate to last me a year. Wednesday was a healthy snack, so I have LOTS of granola bars... Thursday, I'm not sure what was planned but the kids brought in all sorts of goodies... And yesterday was cards and notes...

    My fourth graders have been asking me the past couple of weeks if I will loop with them to Division IV next year (5th and sixth grade).... I can't but gosh part of me REALLY wants to...

    I think that knowing my kids want me to come with them to a new grade, new part of the journey means the most of all...
    1714 days ago
    Once again, a great blog,CArrie!! Havea great weekend~
    1714 days ago
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