One of my students today said, “Mrs. Peterson, I really like our class.”
I tried to act very nonchalant at this beautiful comment: “I’m so glad. I like it a lot, too.”
One of my favorite parts of this statement was her use of the possessive pronoun: our class. I dislike it very much when students or parents refer the class as my class or your class. I want us all to take ownership in this process.
After we finished Texting Olympics today in Intermediate Algebra, I told my kids to get out their spiral review and work a few more multi-step linear equations for me. One girl begrudgingly said, “Man! You NEVER give us a free day!”
“What do you mean? Every single day is a free day! I’ve never charged you once!”
I wasn’t sure if I’d get an eye roll or a laugh, but to my delight, I received the latter. “Heyyyy! Now THAT’s a good one, Mrs. Peterson. You got me! I’m gonna use that one.”
Thank you to the colleague I stole that phrase from a few years ago…
During parent-teacher conferences tonight, one mom said to me (as soon as she walked into the classroom), “You are one of only two people I know that still writes thank you cards.” She went on to tell me how much she appreciated receiving a thank you card and also hearing kind words about her student. I was grateful to hear this. I love sending notes out to families, but sometimes I feel like I send them into this empty void, unsure if they ever reach the people I intend for them to reach. Her kind words gave me motivation to keep writing and keep sending words of encouragement to these precious families.