There are days - lots of them - when I feel like I have a giant target on my back and every parent in my class is gunning for me. It doesn't matter that my homework is posted on a website I created, or that I send home weekly -- or sometimes daily -- messages to my families so they know what's happening in my classroom. Someone is always unhappy. I don't communicate enough. I communicate too much. I give too much homework. I don't give enough homework. You get the picture, right?
It's enough to make any teacher ask themselves, "Why do I teach?"
Good Lord, let me tell ya, it's a question I have asked myself time and time again. Some days, I don't have an answer to that question.
And then you get a message like this one from a former student.
This is why I teach. For kids like this one.
Yes, honey, I will help you.