“Mrs. Ripp, you will always be my most favorite teacher…”
“…I will always remember you as one of my favorites…”
“You are the best teacher I have ever had…”
The comments from the kids, who I get to call my kids for another 4 school days, envelop me every day. Words like love, best, favorite, most awesome wrap around our classroom as I get ready to release them from the cocoon of fifth grade. I smile, thank them, and think, “But I’m not.” I am not the best teacher ever. I hope I am not your favorite. I hope I am not the teacher that you loved most, because if I am then that makes me sad. I am only a fifth grade teacher, which means you have years of “best” teachers ahead of you, or so I hope.
I hope that the title of best teacher ever will be filled with stiff competition.
I hope that the title of best teacher ever will be awarded to new teachers every year.
I hope that the title of best teacher ever will be one that you gladly bestow on every lucky person that gets to teach you from now on.
I hope those teachers know what they have when they see you.
I hope those teachers get you.
I hope those teachers get a chance to love you as much as I have this year.
So I hope I am not your favorite teacher ever, I hope I am just one of many by the time it is all said and done.
I am a passionate (female) 5th grade teacher in Wisconsin, USA, proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. I have no awards or accolades except for the lightbulbs that go off in my students’ heads every day. First book “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students” can be purchased now from Powerful Learning Press. Follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.