Wednesday, June 13, 2012

PYHO:I Hated My Job... and Then I Didn't!

The last day of school was a little hairy last week.  It would be inappropriate for me to go into detail, other than to say that I had an issue with a student in my grade who was not in my class. One of his parents witnessed it and lets just say that the parental action made it clear that the apple does not fall far from the tree. There are many reasons why this student has problems and the way they are handled by the parents is a major one.

It left me reeling.  Even the office staff was in awe... it was just unbelievable.

I thought, "They just don't pay me enough."

And then, at the end of the day when we handed out report cards, I walked into the hall and encountered the mother of one of my students who had just opened her son's report card.  ~Report cards are given out in homerooms and even though I have this child for all academics, I don't have him in homeroom, so I didn't give him the report card.

He was on grade level in all subject areas for the first time ever and she was in tears. Then I was in tears.

I didn't realize the significance of those 5 little numbers when I put them into the computer.  I know he's worked hard. I know he has obstacles that will mean he might never "pass" the state tests and sometimes his behavior is an issue, but in class, he hit most of the benchmarks this quarter.  That's never happened before...not for him.

THAT is why I do my job.  That is why I take all of the crap that goes with it. 

For moments like that.

To help a child succeed....

Does it get any better than that?


18 comments:

JDaniel4's Mom said...

No! Getting to see the impact you have on a child's life is the best thing ever.

Jenn [ Crippled Girl ] said...

I think the best (and hardest) jobs in the world have the most crap, but the biggest payoff. Glad you got to see a reminder of the fantastic work you're doing! :)

Tiffany said...

Making a difference in a child's life, whether they are yours or not, is so rewarding. Even through all the crap that you get dealt, the good outweighs the bad. :)

Amen for teachers like you.

Emmy said...

Oh yea!!! So happy you had that good moment. And yes I am always in awe of teachers and all they do and put up with. So happy for you

Andrea (ace1028) said...

That's excellent. So sorry someone gave you grief, but so glad it got *changed* as the day moved along.

Melinda said...

it's teachers like you the make the system work.

Di said...

I think that speaks volumes about you as a teacher! Good job!

Cameon said...

Congratulations on your student making those benchmarks. That in itself says a lot about you as a teacher and the fact that you care says even more.

Not a Perfect Mom said...

I may or may not have just teared up..
and I'm going to need deets on that other student...ahem

Mimi B said...

Nothing could be better than what you do. Your job is so vital! Thank you for pouring into our students!

Wanda said...

So glad to know that we really do have teachers who care! You will make a difference in your students life!
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Erin said...

Parents, in my opinion are one of the most difficult pieces of teaching!

Hold onto the positive interactions with parents and students they far outweigh the negative.

Good for you to have touched the life of that kiddo so significantly!

Adrienne said...

How rewarding! I'm so glad that you were given that special moment right at the perfect time.

Robbie K said...

Teachers like you make a difference!

Babes Mami said...

Treasure those moments to get you through the lunatics!

Heather said...

Nope it doesn't. And that family will remember you forever!

kristi said...

Having a special needs child makes me appreciate teachers that much more.

Shell said...

Those moments do make it all worth it!