Today I was again reminder of why I'm a teacher. First of all I was at school from 9:00-2:30 during my summer not getting paid but setting up my room to make it beautiful and loving every minute. Then I went to the Dollar Tree and spent $37 on some fabulous back to school and treasure box items. I mean I don't think other people really spend that much at the Dollar Tree but I was pumped to get such deals.
Last I am reminded of the real reason I teach--the children. I logged on to RAZ kids today to change my name and update my profile for the new school year. I checked my list of students to see who has been logging on over the summer and reading. All 19 of my students from last year had logged in to read over the summer! I couldn't believe it! All my kids wanted to read over the summer. It made me so happy. One name in particular made me jump for joy and brought me to tears all at the same time.
I had a student last year in foster care who had a terrible life and needed lots of love, care, encouragement, and counseling. He used to throw fits of rage which many times would lead to him trying to hurt/kill himself and the other students had to leave the room. He was then adopted right before Christmas last year by his maternal grandparents and went to live with them in North Carolina.
Needless to say homework was not a priority in his life. His safety, care, and basic needs needed to be met before he could care about homework. He would sit in my room in the morning to finish his homework. Nothing was ever signed or came back from home. No work was ever done at home.
I've often wondered what happen to him since he left me. I pray that he is loved, cared for, and leading a good life all the time. So when I saw that over the summer he actually logged in to our classes RAZ kids and read 4 books I was stunned. For me it confirmed that life is better for him. He is being taken care of and wanted to read.
I love that I instilled a love of reading in my students but I'm proud about this child in particular. I feel like I made a difference in his life.
Thank you for the reminder little buddy of why I truly came into teaching. To make a difference in students lives no matter how brief our time is together. It warmed my heart.