Today I will be attending the second week of our spring Parent-Teacher conferences.
I can't get through all of the kids' teachers in one day, it takes two.
We do this twice a year, every year. Teachers show me a project the kids are currently working on. We look at grades. Talk about what's coming up.
And almost always I am told something like: "you have good kids. they are good students. i wish i had 40 more just like them."
Usually once at each conference day I will hear about an assignment that still needs to be turned in. Or an upcoming test that could be the difference between a grade point for one of the kids.
I take it all to heart. It warms my heart to hear other people speak highly of my kids.
Inevitable each teacher will end the conference by asking me if I have any questions.
Yes, I do. A few, actually.
Do you know how much I appreciate you?
Time invested in your work day means time invested in my child. There are days when you probably see my kid more than I do. Especially if you are one of their teacher-coaches. When someone comes home with a story about how they were helped, noticed or encouraged by one of you, I am reminded how you are there when I am not. I'm lucky that the kids have the teachers that they do.
Do you need help?
A volunteer? Someone to give a student extra homework help or attention? An extra set of hands? I can do that.
Why do go I to these parent teacher conferences?
I want to hear about what my kids are doing from the people who teach them. It's great to hear nice things.
But I also want to tell them "you are good people; good teachers. districts all around wish they had 40 more just like you."
I'd buy you all a drink or send you a hallmark if I could.
Not 'cause my kids are doing great.
Because you are.
Thanks teachers! Happy Spring Break!