Monday, March 17, 2014
Back to work
I had a stack of papers to grade (and by stack I mean it was over 7 inches high – more than 1,000 individual papers) that had accumulated during my absence. I spent all day Sunday grading & my arm hurt before I was finished. I also had to lesson plan, answer parent e-mails and work on report cards – and that was before the kids even got there.
I missed my kiddos & I am very happy to say they missed me too. I was greeted with lots of hugs and smiles. It has been a rough time at my school lately, a lot has been going on. As a teacher – it always feel like a burden to others if you take some time off. It was nice to be able to be there to see my students, help my co-workers and simply to do my job.
I don’t think I ever appreciated how hard teachers worked before I became one. I simply took for granted that my daughters’ teachers would do a good job – and I am so lucky to say that for the most part they really did. We were lucky to have fantastic teachers from Kindergarten through High School. Although I bought the standard teacher gifts and I always tried to be polite, in hindsight I wish I had done more to thank the great teachers who made a difference to my daughters. Their enthusiasm, their excitement and their caring made a big difference. Both of my daughters went on to earn a full ride scholarship to ASU and I know that I have many wonderful teachers to thank for helping them to accomplish that incredible feat.
I am always humbled and honored when parents take the time to say thank you to me or let me know how much I have meant to their student. Starbucks gift cards are nice, but the best gifts I have ever received as a teacher are the beautiful heartfelt thank you’s from students and parents.