The beginning of the school year always brings students I have had in the past dropping by my classroom for hugs or standing in the hallways waving. After their first days with their new teachers, they share that they had good experiences, but it is me that is forever in their hearts for being patient with them, showing them kindness, and helping them find their unique way of learning. I hear over and over, "You are very special Teacher." Sometimes it seems simple to me, but when I have student after student share how I have made a difference, I know it isn't simple to everyone. For me, it is natural. It is the gift I bring to the world. I don't always have the fantastic amount of information in my head as other teachers I admire, but that isn't what I bring to the classroom. I bring calm. I allow students time to figure out how they learn best, and to realize that mistakes are there to learn from. My goal is always to find my students' strengths. Sometimes it takes a bit of work, but once I see them seeing it in themselves, my heart wants to burst with happiness.
The first week of classes is always crazy busy with paperwork and testing but it is also my reminder that I am where I am for a reason. I have found what I am good at and it benefits many people. And best of all, by sharing my unique gift, I receive so much love back.