I can’t believe the year has gone by so quickly! It’s already the end of May and there’s only one week left for final exams. While my time at Salesianum School was short, it will be remembered. I have memories that will last me a lifetime.
My memories are those that made me laugh, yell, admire, love, and befriend! Any high school math teacher can relate to the mixed emotions that are experienced in (and out) of the classroom! It’s not new. Maybe some day I will share some specifics about those emotions and experiences.
Today, I want to share two tangible gifts I received this year.
1. A t-shirt with my name on the back. The significance of the t-shirt is that the students labeled me as a teacher who “Keeps it real.” I gave it to my students straight, no chaser, and they appreciated that. If they asked questions, I did not sugar coat the answers (whether the questions were about math, friendship, dating, or life). One of the parents purchased the t-shirts for the entire class (Thank you Mrs. R.).
2. A”K” shaped crepe. One of my students hosted a French exchange student this year. Toward the end of the 4th quarter my student earned a 92.2. He needed a 92.5 to get an “A.” The exchange student asked me to boost the student’s grade. I told him I would if he would make me some food using an authentic french recipe. So they made crepes (the french exchange student used his mother’s recipe – or so he said he did). It was delicious, so I will deliver on my word. He was a good student so I would have bumped him .3 points anyway (especially since he missed a few days of school while he was away at France as an American exchange student).
These are two of the tangible gifts I received this year. The intangible gifts are too many to name here. But to name a few I gained friendships, respect, knowledge, love, life-lessons, memories, and so much more. I will miss my students, but they will always be close in my memories.