Every week I sign off my newsletter with “Enjoy the journey, and more importantly, enjoy the moments.” Well, this week’s story is a perfect example of “enjoying the moments.”
I was recently reminded of a powerful ‘moment’ in my teaching journey. It was the first day back at school after a two week mid-year holiday break. The corridors were full of students chatting excitedly about their vacation adventures. Teachers were feeling energised and ready for another term with their students. There was a real ‘buzz’ in the air.
After the morning assembly, my students and I made our way to our classroom. As we all were getting unpacked and settled, Matthew, one of my students, nervously came to my desk with some white A4 pages of printed text, with a yellow post-it note attached saying “To Mrs D, from Matthew.” I looked at Matthew and, being a rather shy student, he nervously said to me, “Mrs D, I noticed last term that you said you liked the music band Bon Jovi. So, during the holidays I looked on the internet and printed out some information for you. I hope you like reading it.”
I was blown away. This young, shy student not only had noticed my throw away comment about a band that I liked, but he’d also taken time in the holidays to research them for me! I almost had tears in my eyes. I was so impacted by the fact that a student would be so thoughtful towards his teacher.
It REALLY is moments like these that make teaching worthwhile.
This week’s assignment:
Reflect on your teaching journey so far. Remember a specific moment where you were impacted, where you felt the worthiness of being a teacher. Remind yourself of the incredible privilege we have to shape young lives, and how these young lives often shape us – just like Matthew did that day.
So I’ll say it again –
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.