Today I had one of those great moments which put an impossibly huge smile on my face. Today I had about a zillion student meetings. I had no free periods the entire day! One of the meetings had to take place while I was on “front hall duty” — manning the table where kids sign out to leave the school building for lunch.
While I was helping this student — and if I say so myself, doing an amazing job of explaining the really conceptually hard Fundamental Theorem of Calculus Part II — one of the people who works at the school, the mother of one of my former students, passed us and then doubled back to speak to us. She said “Wow! I just had to say that this image is so great. This is such a great thing. A second semester senior and a teacher working so hard. This is amazing. I wish I had a camera.”
I took stock of the situation, and grinned. I patted my student on the shoulder, made two fists and pumped them in the air, and said “Yeah!”
Teaching seniors is hard. But if you set clear expectations and help them reach them, you too can be as great a teacher as I am. (Just kidding.) But yeah, my faith in my kids’ is on the upswing.