We began the day and ended the day with school conferences.
What a day. I don’t know how teachers do it.
First…there’s Kindergarten, where the teacher is so unbelievably perky and nice. Her eyes twinkle. She has a singsongy voice and patience like you would not believe. I just can’t imagine being that lovely all the live long day. It truly is a gift. I know I would shut down by the third hour at least and I can’t imagine what I’d be like when I got home.
In a catatonic state, most likely.
And then there’s Sixth Grade, where dozens and dozens of students are in and out of your class all day and you have to figure them out in a short amount of time, learn what their strengths and weaknesses are and help them flourish. How do teachers remember what is special about each student? I don’t know, but they do~the good ones do~ and we seemed to meet all the good ones.
I’m feeling so grateful that we have people in our lives who are good at the things I am not…people that I don’t even know. They teach my children things I haven’t taught them, but they also love and care for them. They glow when they see my daughter and my son and tell me the things they love about them. They already know what they excel in and what needs work. This does my heart good. While I would love to be with my children all the time and have thought long and hard about teaching them myself at times, I know it is not my strength and I will be eternally grateful for the ones who have lovingly filled that role…their teachers.
It’s a HUGE blessing…truly…
Ater walking through the halls of the middle school last night and meeting all the different teachers, I am truly overwhelmed…in a good way.
On a funny note~ for those of you who read yesterday’s post, this morning Indigo’s teacher said that “Indigo has the most infectious laugh in the whole wide world.” See? I wasn’t even lying to you yesterday!
And last night, after all the praise, Greyley was practically leaping through the school halls. Good grief, it’s no wonder she’s liking it over there and I could not be more thrilled about that. It’s so important to make a child feel truly important, valued and smart…even when they still have lots to learn, while also emphasizing the qualities of the child’s character, such as their kindness and humor. A child picks up on every single bit of that and it makes them want to be even better.
My hat is off to you teachers out there. Thank you for the job you do each and every day. What an undertaking it is! I cannot express my gratitude enough…