Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Have you hugged a teacher today (National Teacher Day)? It's okay if not, because we're not really allowed to do that anymore. Here is what I got instead of the forbidden body contact:

Dear Mrs. S,
I want you to know that I sincerely appreciate all that you have taught me this past school year. Speech class was especially interesting and helpful. I first saw it as something to dread, but eventually came to see it as a step toward something I wanted. I was removed from my comfort zone so many times and learned to handle my nerves when I got into a panic in front of a group. You helped me pass my board with confidence. I gladly thank you for all your hard work, because it helped me get through mine.

Dear S [he calls us by our last names only, no prefix; it makes me feel like one of his homies],
Thank you for helping me practice my speech. I was glad you took the time after school to help me.

Dear Mrs. S,
I'd like to thank you for all the help you've given me with my project and speech. I've learned a lot in your class and it helped me pass my board. I'm thankful for finding this school because it changed my viewpoint; it's not as bad as a lot of people make it sound. All high school is is a hurdle to get over before reality hits you, and I'm glad you've helped me on that journey.

Dear Mrs. S,
Thank you so much for the support & help you gave me even when I was an ass in your class. For that I apologize. You're an amazing teacher and I appreciate the time you took in your class to help me and all of the senior class prepare for the biggest speech I've ever done. Thank you so much, Mrs. S.

These make all of those Bad Teacher days disappear. The last one especially gave me a hitch in my breathing because truly & seriously, that boy gave me 90 minutes of grief every.single.period. But now, *poof* All gone.


katydidnot said...


but then? we already knew these things about you.

i wish my adolescent boy could be in your class.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Awww. I want notes like that someday.

The Girl Next Door said...

Awww so glad you got at least some of the kudos you deserve! Can I send my kids to you?!

dkuroiwa said...

These notes are great...and the words probably only are half of what the writer is actually feeling!
In university, one of my professors told us to save those notes....and put them somewhere you can easily get them if you need the kudos or backpat or whatever good feelings they give you because you are going to need them. we all do.
I still keep notes...the students are different but sometimes I still need that warm fuzzy from the notes in that special folder!!

Good for you BadMom/Great Teacher!

Alison said...

Those notes almost make me want to go back to teaching. Kidding about the almost--I'm sure I will go back when my kids are older.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

It makes ME hitch and I have no good reason except I know how hard you work, how much you care.

Savor those notes, Mrs. S.

lisahgolden said...

This is really wonderful. Those notes make it worth it, I'm sure.


brandy101 said...

I got verklempt reading those.


You go, Mrs. S.!


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