Monday, April 16, 2007

Don't Badger Me!

Here’s something that will brighten your day as it did mine. A student of mine made this specifically for me when she found out that my favorite animals were badgers. It took her two days, and it is wonderful! I had to busy myself with paperwork because I started getting teary-eyed, it’s such a special thing. I feel all hokey and dorky for loving it, but it is my first Gift From A Student and it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.


Blogger Ms. George said...

This student somehow knew this was just what you needed.
You are not hokey and dorky either. You do a great deal of things 'right.'

Monday, April 16, 2007 2:08:00 PM  
Blogger 17 more years said...

Very sweet- but I fear that, unfortunately, you will take this act of kindness and let your guard down. It is absolutely fine to care for your students, and let them know you care about them, but make sure they NEVER confuse your kindness for stupidity-something adolescents have the tendency to do. Please take care of yourself.

Monday, April 16, 2007 4:10:00 PM  
Blogger Ms. X said...

Ms. C -- reading your blog has definitely opened my eyes and helped me know what I'm getting myself into, though I'm happy to say it hasn't discouraged me in the least. I've started my own blog to chart my wild journey into teaching...maybe you can check it out some time.

Thanks! ~Ms. X

Monday, April 16, 2007 4:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWWW!!! So cute!! That's amazing!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 4:07:00 AM  
Blogger CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

The badger kind of makes up for the bruise, doesn't it?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 4:46:00 PM  
Blogger Ms. C said...

While one sweet and thoughtful badger-gift won't make me forget how crafty and cruel my students can be...It amazes me how teaching is already such a tender and fierce occupation. One minute is full of panic and hostility, and another moment is kind and surprising.

More often than not I feel like I'm observing animals in the wild for National Geographic...marveling at the beauty or creativity but always knowing the rhino could charge, so to speak.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 6:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Schoolgal said...

I'm glad you received an act of kindness after another awful incident. I think that deep down, many of your students appreciate you, but don't know how to express it. Maybe this was the first step.

Please do not engage or go near any student displaying acts of aggression. Also, you need to report these incidents immediately.
What did your Chapter Leader do to help you?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:48:00 PM  
Blogger Jules the Crazy said...

aw, wow! that is so wonderful, and right when you're going through a particularly tough time. i'm so glad your student brightened your week with such a personal gift. you are definitely doing good things in that crazy school!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 3:15:00 PM  

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