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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 20 2014

Don’t Give Up

Today wan’t perfect.  I had to throw out two students.  But it was a great day simply because I have amazing students.  I sometimes complain.  I sometimes post something terrible that happened at work on facebook to make light of the situation or entertain my loved ones.  But really that doesn’t accurately represent how very much I love my students and what really amazing people they are.
My students are incredible individuals.  Incredible.
They have so much to share with the world.  They have seen so many things happen in their short lives which have shaped their point of view and their minds into young people who are simply incredible.  We had class discussion the past two days about electricity, do we “need” it, what is life like without it, what do we do during power outages/what are the challenges etc.  Discussions are my favorite classes, because I get to actually hear my students share pieces of themselves with me and with each other.  And the more I learn about my students, the more I love them.
So, even though today wasn’t perfect, I left school in awe of my students and feeling lucky that I get to work with them.
The cherry on top of my hot fudge and caramel sundae today was a young lady who came to stopped by room to say hello.  She has recently been diagnosed with diabetes and says it has made her think a lot about life.  She told me she was in my room the other day and saw one of my posters that says, “Be kind to unkind people – they need it the most.”  “I really do think that is true,” she told me, “And I think that is what you do everyday.  Sometimes it is really hard for you Ms K and students are really rude and terrible to you for no reason, but you are always trying to be kind  You’re a really great teacher, the kind of teacher these kids need.  And so I just wanted to tell you, don’t give up, because you really are doing a good, well not good, but a great job.”  I cried.  She cried.  We hugged.  And we went on with our day.  This was just another reminder of how wonderful my students are.
**Note: This was originally published about a month ago, but due to website issues, I had to re-post**

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