Sharing what I’ve learned along the way, knowing that some might never “get it”, but those who do will be ready to take that knowledge to the next level;
Finding new ways to present old material that will make it more relevant to today’s young people;
Watching students struggle to understand a new concept in order for it to mean something in their world;
Catching the shy romantic glances between two people who don’t think anyone saw it;
Seeing the look in a room full of big eyes when they are truly surprised by new information they had no idea existed;
Hearing their excitement when they tell me there is a new baby on the way, but not due until after graduation;
Listening to the dreams of older students who have come back to school after many years of working and/or raising families;
Explaining the difference between high school and college to those who are recent graduates of the local high school;
Recognizing the pride in many of the students because they are the first in their family ever to go beyond high school;
Welcoming the daughters and sons of former students because their mother or father said for them to be sure to sign up for my classes;
Worrying when some of the students don’t pass the class;
Pondering schedules and requirements with those who aren’t sure what they want to be when they “grow up”;
Striving to make each class better than the one before it;
Accepting the challenge of keeping my brain active and alive;
Empathizing with those who have to work more than one job while tending a family while they take classes;
Admiring the young healthy bodies of those who can’t imagine ever getting as old as I am;
Learning new names for each class member and actually knowing how to pronounce them;
Praising those who grow out of their timidity enough to give an oral presentation in class;
Crying on the last day of classes because I will miss the students over the summer holiday;
Celebrating with them when they finally receive their Associates Degree before moving on to the next level of education.
A hui hou!
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