A teacher can be the hero of the story
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|Thu, 12-11-2008 - 7:43am|
Today in ISS I had a student who was misaligned in one of his classes, not huge business, just not totally timed in. He came to me without too much fuss. I am getting a "room mate" in January from another school, and this student gave great suggestions on how to rearrange the room so everything would fit. Once I had the room all set he said, "Oh, I see. You moved the stuff so that no desk is in the corner. I mean, the round one is near the corner, but it's not really IN the corner because everyone knows that round and square don't make a corner."
Once his math was done, we realized we still had more than an hour left until he would return to his regular schedule. He asked about the speed of light, I printed off an article from Wiki. He asked what I was doing after school and I told him I was going to the Chiropractor...now he knows all about what it takes to be one.
At about noon another student joins us. He comes to ISS to make up missing work. Sets a fine example, too. Got right down to it. All along today I have been scattering the seeds of honoured greatness and where they land, immediately springs a bright response from these two guys.
A knock comes at the door. "Hello, polite knocker!" I say. This is the usual salutation given to those who remember the door is locked, and it doesn't open any faster if one pounds on it, but rather, the way to an opened door is to knock.
"Oh Mrs. T..." she begins. This student has health issues, which, when escalated, could lead to a very serious medical emergency. She has been instructed to call home when her medical situation has reached a certain point. She tells me that is has reached well above this call-home point. "But I have a lot of missing work and if I leave, I will only have more to make up. What should I do?"
"Well," I say, "If you stay, what could happen?" We talk about the fact that she could have a medical emergency and then she might be out for quite a long time. I ask what will happen if she goes home. Again we talk about what will happen. "I can just sense that you know what to do; no matter what, I should tell you that once you set your mind to it, I have seen you make up a lot of work in a very short time. The focus you get is outstanding."
"Mrs. T, I am going to be safe and go call my mom and go home and make sure that I don't have to go to the hospital today."
"See, I knew that you were right on top of the best decision."
"Mrs. T, you ALWAYS have the right answer..."
"Well," I tell her. "It's not that I always have the right answer. You do. The answer was right there in front of you. All I had to do was get out of your light so you could see it."
Off she goes, smiling because she has made her own decision.
I turn around and both 7th graders are staring at me. One says, "Mrs. T, you do so many cool things."
And the second student says, "Mrs. T, I like the way you talk so positively to students and you make them feel and see positive things in themselves."
"Thank you both for honouring my greatness!"