Now that the end of the school year is here, this is the thank you note I wish that I could send home to some of the parents. I am sure there are others out there like me who would like to send something similar.
Now that the year has drawn to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to do something that teachers do not always get to do. I’ve worked with your child all year, and I have one thing to say to you:
I look forward to having your child in my class every day. Why?
Your child understands that effort does not always yield an A. And when that magic A does not appear on his or her papers, two wonderful things happen. First, your child will appear at my door the next day with a corrected assignment and will ask well-thought out questions, and make very clear that doing better is the goal, not grade grubbing. Second, you let this process happen. Heck, you encourage it. Thank you so much for teaching your child how to learn, and not how to chase grades.
Your child is an encourager. Any time, under any circumstances, your child will be the one who seems to have a radar for that student in the room who struggles. And your child will be the one who sits next to that student, and even if he or she does not completely have the concept down either, will sit with that struggling student and work through it. Thank you for teaching your child patience and compassion.
Your child is observant. Your child will always know where assignments are posted, will notice the details in the instructions, and any changes in the room. When something works well for him or her, your student will let me know that it really makes sense, but when it doesn’t, he or she asks questions until it does. Your child is also amazing in classroom discussion because observation leads to great insight. And your child always notices when someone in the room is not feeling great that day, which leads to the next thing your child does well.
Your child is thoughtful. Helping others, offering a smile, picking up a few extra cough drops from the clinic during cold season so others do not have to go pick them up, and being sure to say something kind to that student who is not having a great day, this is your child. In what can be a very brutal world, your child shows others that a peer does indeed care. Thank you for teaching your child to notice others and respond with kindness, rather than ignoring or tearing down.
Your child understands that when it is time to work, it is time to work. And when it is time to play, they can do that. There is never an extreme on either side of it – your child is not too studious, and is not too goofy. There is such a nice balance. And no matter how many extracurricular activities your child is involved in, every single assignment is turned in on time. You have no idea how much I appreciate this. Thank you for teaching your child how to put in the work, and how to play.
Your child has been a joy to teach, and a joy to watch in his or her interactions with fellow students. And I want to thank you for making this possible.