On March 15th, I received the most awesome parent email:
"Good morning! I just wanted to let you know I have one excited girl at my house. Out of nowhere she said “Ms. Hughes comes back Monday!” She’s so happy. I hope you have enjoyed your time at home. She will see you soon."
Since being on FMLA for the past two months because of my daughter's birth, I've been a little out of the loop in regards to work. I told myself that while I'm on leave, I will not check my email (yeah, that didn't happen) and that I would definitely not check the grade book (this did happen). I have enjoyed my time with my lil' gal immensely, but, I have to say, I also miss my other "kids" too. Even the ones that can be a little fastidiosos! I'm a working woman, and I absolutely enjoy what I do, even on bad days. So when I receive emails like the one above, it just strengthens my belief that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.
Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing enough or I question whether I am really "getting through" to my students. I think this is normal; at least for me. I want to be the best possible educator and give my best every day so that when something doesn't turn out just right, self-doubt comes creeping in. I worry if I have covered enough structures and have given enough comprehensible input. Whether I have prepared them for the next level of Spanish and if I have successfully instilled in them the love and/or appreciation of language, history, and culture. Well, I'll probably have these worries forever. It's in my nature. But what I know to be true is that there are so many supportive professionals out there that have really helped me stay the course and up my CI game.
As teachers, most of the time we don't get the credit we deserve. Therefore, I would personally like to express my sincerest 'thank yous' to some wonderful professionals that have helped me along the way (and continue to do so) by either personally mentoring me or by providing fantastic content and insight on their blogs.
I would also like to thank all of the new teachers that I have recently connected with through twitter and the wonderful colleagues I get to work with everyday!
Have you let your special mentors and awesome influential role models know how much you appreciate them? If not, let them know!
"Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." ~Voltaire