“BIG RESPECT BIG LOVE.”
This was the note from one of my students at our good-bye/holiday class party last Friday. Sums up my feelings too. Eleven weeks of teaching went by like that. As was my experience from previous terms, I had charming students, silent students, the students who came more often than not, and those students who inspired me to want to keep doing this job. The Charmers and The Inspirations were by far in the majority, usually in the same package.
There were a few in every class to whom I became completely attached. And maybe there was an entire class that I wanted to adopt. They listened. They tried. They did everything I asked them to do. If I’d asked them to stand on their heads they would have. They made me laugh every day (and not because they were standing on their heads), and they made each other laugh. Although all the classes had their own social subgroups (argh, cliques), it was obvious that they cared about each other. Every day I saw kindness and affection that seemed to come from genuine regard.
Each class had its own dynamics and after the first few weeks, I knew what to expect. I learned which student needed time and then a gentle push. I knew who I could challenge a little more than others. I knew who was taking it all in, but wasn’t going to budge from their silence. And I knew those who just didn’t understand anything I said unless a friend interpreted for them. With everyone, but especially those students, I tried to remember Maya Angelou’s words:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I hope I left a positive feeling. I know they left a beautiful, positive feeling with me.
Homemade gifts full of sweet notes and love!
Each student wrote funny and thoughtful notes on the pieces of this puzzle. Underneath each piece was a drawing of the girl who wrote her note.
A few of the class parties…
They scare me.
Last pics of the last class of the term. I will miss these young ladies so much.
Big respect and big love to you, my dears. Arigatou gozaimasu!