“See you’re tall, pretty, and smart! I wanna be just like you, Ms.B”
-a wise yet (clearly) confused 9th grader, 8th period 2015
I paused as her words ricocheted across the room. I was appalled. In disbelief. Nah, she didn’t know my life, my ways. This must be a mistake I thought (see Reasons why I feel this way: 1) I don’t follow the rules (in my youth, I wore my Tuesday panties on Fridays- rebel, I know) 2) I am overly passionate and often times it bites me where it hurts 3)I’ve given too much of myself to both friends and guys alike one too many times -something I preach to them about often, and 4)I am horrible at calling people back.) Nah, she couldn’t possibly want to be like me!
You know, August twenty-fourth changed my life. Never had I imagined that my students would mean so much to me in such a small amount of time. As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches and we all (finally) turn our attention to the things we’re thankful for, something new has received my gratefulness. Here are just 5 of the many reasons why I owe millions of thanks to my students:
5. For reminding me of the soft-hearted, crying girl I used to be (similar to many of them now) and allowing me to truly appreciate the strong independent woman I am today
4. Always “having my back” whenever a visitor comes in
3. Holding me up to as high of a standard as I do them ( “because Ms.B if you forget to submit your attendance again you will get fired, and then we won’t have a good teacher” -TRUE STORY)
2. The magnitude of laughter we share even on my worst days, so entertaining I often retell stories to friends and family constantly (hashtag “Ki’s Kids”)
1. For trusting me enough to guide them through this year and providing me with unmeasurable amounts of both nagging and aggravation to vulnerability, tears, and secrets.. ultimately stopping by the room at the end of the day just to say “Ms.Brooks, you’re the best.”
Today’s Keyword: gratitude (n.) |ˈgratəˌt(y)o͞od| : the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness
Everyday my kids make me better. Their capability to understand more each day and enjoy every moment of it is all the gratitude I need. So many thanks to my students- for the good, the bad, and the unknown. This season of thanks who are you showing gratitude to? What are you thankful for? Share it with the world!
–Post a pic of what you are thankful for on all of your Social Media
– Caption it however you please but be sure to include :
What are you thankful for? #kwMillionsofThanks
-Tag three people to keep it going !
“Don’t be like me Maranda, be better than me. But THANK YOU.”
– a devoted and inspired 22-year old teacher, 2015