My favorite communication tool Remind wants to hear from teachers about the small things they do to make a big impact on students.
Below is my story, feel free to share your story in the comments below or on your own platform…Be sure to use #TeachSmall.
My story isn’t about how the small things I do make an impact on my students. I’d rather share about the teacher who inspires me everyday to be the best at what I do. The small things she did, has shaped me to be the teacher I strive to be everyday, because I want to be THAT special teacher for my students too.
Mrs. Glynn was my fourth grade teacher. The things I remember most about her is that she was young, athletic, had long blonde hair, and drove the coolest car in the parking lot. I loved her from day one. She was so beautiful, nice, caring, and fun. I knew since I was born I wanted to be a teacher, but when I got to fourth grade – I wanted to be just like her. I don’t have a lot of memories from my childhood, but this one particular moment I will never forget. The details are foggy, but I know the way she made me feel is something that has stuck with me my whole life. Some 35 years later – when I think of this moment – love fills my heart for my fourth grade teacher.
We were sitting on the bleachers in the gym. I was upset about something (I can’t remember – something about home or possibly girl drama). Mrs. Glynn sat beside me because she noticed something was wrong. She looked me in the eyes and basically told me everything was going to be okay. I don’t remember the conversation, I just remember how I felt in that moment. She showed me that I was important, that I mattered, that she cared about me. It is an amazing feeling to know that someone you look up to so much thinks you are important. I make it a point everyday to show my students that they are important, that they matter, that I care about them. I want them to know I will always be there for them even when they walk out my classroom door on the last day of school.
Mrs. Glynn, thank you for simply being you. I think about you ALL the time – I will never forget you!
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I couldn’t have said it any better!! It was Maya Angelou that said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I can connect with your story on so many different levels! I too, had the 4th grade teacher I loved(but she was far from young and I have no idea what car she drove). She made learning fun and she was always treating us with respect and kindness. She made every student feel like they are the most important person in the room. Just like you, this is what drives me every day. Not only do I subscribe to the above theory, but I have an additional driving force behind the way I interact with my students. Being the mother of the type of student that probably cause most teachers to want go home and crack a bottle of wine, I think about how I would want my own son to be treated.
I am sure you are giving all of your students, year after year, “Mrs. Glynn Moments” day after day. Those kiddos are lucky to have you!!