We have a very strong AVID program at our school, and one of the annual May events is a lunchtime "dessert social" put on by the AVID students. The junior AVID students host it while the teachers and the senior AVID students are the guests. Ice cream, cookies, cakes, pies, brownies--it's a horrible meal but a great lunch! Anyway, spread out on the tables were pictures of the graduating AVID seniors along with where they're going to college, what they plan on majoring in, etc. I had taught so many of them! What a nice opportunity to say good-bye to them if I don't get to see them before graduation.
At this lunch each year a few teachers are honored for the impact they had on the graduating seniors, and what a shock it was for me to hear my name called! Let's be honest, math teachers aren't usually the teachers kids think of when they're asked who had an impact on them. But there I was, and one of my current stats students was talking about what kind of teacher I am. One thing she said that really struck home for me--I'll paraphrase as best I can:
He won't move on until everyone understands. When he sees that "deer in the headlights" look, he'll stop and try something else until we understand. If he didn't do that, I think I'd have had that look all year long. And he doesn't just teach us math, he tries to teach us life lessons.What better compliment could a teacher ask for?