Moments that Matter

I sat next to a student, conferring with her for the first time on her current fairy tale.  I complimented her on organizing her writing into paragraphs.   Then, we discussed substituting other words for said in order to show how the characters are feeling.

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It hit me how far she has come this year.  I needed to show her, so I pulled up her first published piece from the year.  And as she looked at her work, her eyes got big and bright.  She saw how she has grown and it lit up her face.   And that is why I teach – for that moment that a student realizes what she can do.

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This is her first published personal narrative piece from the beginning of the year.
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8 thoughts on “Moments that Matter”

  1. Wonderful progress! And so fun that you pulled her first published piece to show her how far she had come. The light in their eyes makes all our efforts worthwhile.

  2. Yes that is exactly why being a teacher is/was the greatest job in the world! Such a powerful moment you shared with your student!

  3. Wonderful! The best part is she knows! No one has to tell her. And that is the best reward there is. Thanks for sharing.

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