Last year, a group of students decided to use my white board as my "yearbook page". They all signed it- "Have a great summer!" "I'll miss you next year!" "Thanks for being my teacher!" It was very cute.
But one girl... her note is why I teach. Especially girls- studies have been done that show seventh and eighth grade girls have a decrease in confidence in math and science before they have a decrease in achievement.* Hanna left me this note on my board.
I took a photo of it, printed it out, and stuck it to my bulletin board at my desk. I put it there so, at times like this, I'm reminded that I'm doing something good. And I keep trying my best. We just don't get enough notes like this.**
*If you have a preteen girl in your life, I strongly encourage you to read Schoolgirls by Peggy Orenstein.
**If your kid has a teacher he or she (or you) loves, write him or her a note or give him or her a call. That's what keeps us going...