What Students Remember Most About Teachers

A fabulous post from the Pursuit of a Joyful Life blog. It is beautifully written, and it is also worth taking the time to read some of the replies – I can tell you I shed more than a few tears on this one. The teachers of the world are very important people and this post serves to remind us of that. I was very lucky and I had a string of wonderful teachers – I wish I had been smart enough to tell them that at the time …

Pursuit of a Joyful Life

Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall,

I saw you as you rushed past me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside. I noticed that your eyes showed tension. There were faint creases in your forehead. And I asked you how your day was going and you sighed.

“Oh, fine,” you replied.

But I knew it was anything but fine. I noticed that the stress was getting to you. I could tell that the pressure was rising. And I looked at you and made an intentional decision to stop you right then and there. To ask you how things were really going. Was it that I saw in you a glimpse of myself that made me take the moment?

You told me how busy you were, how much there was to do

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