Have You Told Them Thanks Yet?

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Today with 15 minutes left before the end of the day, as my students were packing their things, writing in their assignment notebook, I cleared my throat and told them I would like to make an announcement.  With 23 sets of eyes on me, all waiting for something cool to come out of my mouth, I stammered, “I would like to tell you something…”  Silence.  I kept going, “Every day, I tell my husband when he asks about my day about you.  Every day I tell my husband how I have the nicest kids, the kids that make me so proud.  I share the funny stories, the things you accomplish and the community we share.  Every day I tell him that.  But I don’t tell you and I should.  So thank you for being that class that I can tell people about.  Thank you for being that class where I can step out of the room for a moment and know that you continue to work without me there.  For helping each other, for staying engaged and focused and for thinking school is not boring.”    And then I stopped because I got emotional as pregnant women tend to do.  And the kids smiled and I told them it was time to go and so they did.

Have you taken the time to tell your students how they make you feel?

One thought on “Have You Told Them Thanks Yet?

  1. What a lovely thing to do. And yes, I do that, too. I have thanked classes for being who they are in my class room and for making me proud and making me feel like we've done something good in our time together.

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