This is why I teach

Last Friday, just before we dismissed students, one of my charges folded a piece of notebook paper and slipped it into the correction basket.  I discovered it this afternoon as I did my Sunday prep for the week ahead.

Today was the best day ever. We had popsicals (sic) and extra reacess (sic) and I couldn’t do it without you.

On Friday, my students who had followed classroom and school rules – “stayed green” – for the entire month of September, were recognized with Popsicles and an extra 20 minutes of recess. For this student, it was the first time she had accomplished this goal since the beginning of third grade.

No doubt, she would have accomplished this on her own. I don’t do this job for the accolades. But this note made my day. It will be a while before the grin is wiped from my face.

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