There are not many days that I come home from work and just feel good. Today was one of those days. I felt like a rock star at work (which also is not a common occurrence), my house is still clean, we had a home-cooked meal for dinner, things are just going well. I know that it will not always feel like this, so I am trying to soak it in as long as possible.
Today at school was hectic with starting new small groups, being videotaped for a language arts program I am doing (which I just started yesterday), having a college student come observe, and just all the regular goings-on of a 2nd grade classroom.
One thing that made today awesome was getting a Thank You card from the parent of one of my students. My job is rather thankless from day to day, and teachers are often taken for granted. I am not complaining, as I love my job and wouldn’t change it, but I am just stating a fact. I have been working closely with this child and the parent simply reached out with a handwritten note expressing her thanks for this. I pinned it up behind my desk so I could see it daily. It really just warmed my heart and made me feel like I am actually making a difference.
The college student who came to observe today was very nice and had many sweet things to say about what she saw and observed in our classroom. I really love working with future teachers and getting them excited about their careers!
I know that everything just came together at the right time to make today feel so good. It wasn’t just one thing, and I know that it can change in an instant. I know that I won’t get compliments every day. And I know I won’t get thank you notes every day. But I need to remember that even on those tough days in the classroom, my job matters. I am making a difference.
Well, I have about an hour and a half until I am headed to bed. I have a few things to get done for school tomorrow, and I know that an easy way to start my day off right is to be prepared!