When I first started working with Alicia last year, she was in the fourth grade and reading at a first grade level – on a good day.  I worked with her individually last year and in a small group this year.  I also placed her with a weekly individual reading tutor.  Today was the last day of school for this year.  When I returned to my room after running an errand to the first grade hall, I found a note on my desk from Alicia.  In one short note, she illustrated what is truly the best reward of teaching.  Earlier I had copied her note, but after getting home and after covering her real name (and yes – a rather sloppy job of covering her name), I scanned the note:

Last year she wouldn’t have been able to write that note.  Her handwriting is fairly neat and legible.  Sure, she still has a long way to go, but her progress is remarkable.  I can only hope that she will get the help she needs in middle school, too.   And, I am glad she was my “reading girl” this year.

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8 Responses to “The Truly BEST Reward of Teaching”

  1. dawn Says:

    what a great letter. I talk with my sons and daughters teachers fairly often, but I know that they like to know that their teachers are appreciated

  2. jan Says:

    That’s beautiful and all the reward anyone needs.

  3. Mad Secretary Says:

    Thanks for making a difference. She’ll be one of many running the world when I’m old and gray.

  4. Noi Says:

    Wow..it IS truly the best reward in teaching when a student appreciate your teachings. Isnt the feeling so wonderful..you enver know whose life you are changing;)

  5. Norma Says:

    What a treasure–her and the letter.

  6. LadyBug Crossing Says:

    That is just beautiful. You have certainly made a difference in this child’s life. You should be proud of her and yourself.

  7. beth Says:

    I keep checking and you aren’t blogging as much. You must be preoccupied with PawPaw! HA!

    I love this letter )

  8. carol Says:

    Thanks, everyone, for the comments. If you know kids and teachers, you’ll know that most kids think THEIR teacher is the best in the world. Nevertheless, the small and sincere expressions of appreciation are wonderful.

    Yes, Beth, you are exactly right. Ha!

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