Monday, January 17, 2011

My Heart is Full...

When you're a teacher, you touch lots of kiddos' lives.  Sometimes  their lives touch your life more than you expect them too.  Almost nine years ago I had one of those kiddos....He was a handful!  He was smart!  He needed something!  At first I wasn't sure what he needed. (LOL, I told him to write...)  I wasn't sure if I had what he needed....But then I realized, he needed me....We battled for a semester or so...but then...we clicked....He graduated in May...He thinks he might want to be a counselor.  (I love that facebook allows me to stay in touch with my kiddos!) My heart is full.  I'm soooo proud of him!

(((((HUGS D!))))))

Have you had a moment when you were proud of a kiddo that wasn't your own?  Please share...

41 comments:

  1. Aww! That's so sweet :) Well done you and him!

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  2. That's awesome. I'm sure I've had that I'm-so-proud-I-could-bust feeling over someone who wasn't genetically related to me, but right now I'm drawing a blank.

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  3. This is SUCH an amazing feeling. I taught last semester for the first time and I had two students in particular that grew so so SO much over the semester that I just wanted to burst with pride. It's a feeling like no other!

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  4. Definitely. It's funny that the handfuls in my classroom are the ones I remember the most fondly. (unfortunately) some of them had bad home lives, so I just dealt with issues myself in the classroom with no parental help, but tried to do it positively as sometimes school is the only time some kids get a daily hug, compliment, or attention.
    One of my well behaved kids is going to school to be a teacher and found me on facebook too and asked me for advice. I loved it!!! :)
    I bet you were such a caring teacher, Sharon!!!

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  5. Love this! I'm sure you are an amazing teacher that inspires lots of kids!
    Yes, I taught G5 for a few years. My husband has been a principal for many years, but NEVER mine. LOL

    I've enjoyed watching those I've coached and taught grow up, get married, and doing some pretty amazing things. At first it made me feel really old, but now I just enjoy it. I've loved FB as well...helps me to keep up with them!

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  6. I have the utmost respect for teachers; I still remember every teacher by name that made a (good) difference in my life! What a gratifying moment for you, Sharon!!

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  7. I am sure you are amazing teacher!!
    Most of the teachers I had was as "lost" as me!
    You have my respect!

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  8. There's something very special about watching a child grow and expand his/her horizons, particularly a troubled child or a "handful." For this youngster, you were there for him and you made a difference. It's wonderful that you are able to stay in contact with some of your "kiddos" on FB. You were and are a terrific teacher!

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  9. Awwwww what a fabulous story!! What a great outcome too!! Well done you for reaching out to this boy and for helping him!!! You're just fab!!! Good luck to this young man!!!

    Take care
    x

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  10. That's a wonderful story! Teachers are in the position to have such profound influences on children, but it's so much hard work to do it well--and it sounds like that's what you've done.

    I have many moments of pride over children who are not my own--when kids "graduate" from therapy, it's wonderful to see how they've grown. Most often, I'm incredibly proud of their parents as well, who were willing to change their lives and take a good look at themselves--enough to change their relationships with their children. It's neat to be in a position to witness that.

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  11. You are the kind of teacher that everyone loves, especially parents because you care so much! What a wonderful story. My sister and my son are teachers, and they have this same kind of passion for it which is inspiring.

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  12. Yes~Lenny :) Everything that kid does amazes and inspires me.

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  13. What a great story about the influence a teacher can have on a student. The special teachers, like you, encourage and empower and support and believe. I wish all teachers were like this. I think it's called passion, doing something you would do for free because it's just who you are. Kind of like writing, huh?

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  14. hi miss sharon! wow thats a really nice story for sure. i bet you gave lots of good help to all your students. knowing someone you helped is doing good gets you feeling real good in your heart.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  15. That is such a cool feeling. Having taught for almost 20 years, I've had those moments. What comes to mind is connecting a struggling/reluctant reader with his first novel and seeing the light go on.

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  16. That is so amazing!!! I love to hear such great endings. <3 <3 <3

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  17. Such a proud moment for you! I love stories like this one. :)

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  18. Hi Sharon - what wonderful news to get .. yes - I don't have kids .. but if they want to be around me = that's great. Now I have two brothers who seem to like being around .. doing something different with an aged like me .. they're so helpful and polite .. and I think will be stimulated by the interaction as I am helped by their help!

    Cheers long may his success continue and yours with the new kiddos on the block .. Hilary

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  19. That is so cool, you should be proud, you've touched a heart and a mind!!!

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  20. That is so awesome that you care enough to keep an eye out for your kiddo's after they've moved on.

    I've coached hundreds of kids through youth sports programs, and I have to admit there were a few gems there.

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  21. That's a great story - thanks for sharing!

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  22. Sadly no, but thx for sharing, I guess that’s why people like to teach.

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  23. Totally agree!!! There's something so special about meeting up with my former kiddos. I ran into one at a hockey game the other day and he was doing so well. He'd had a tough early life yet he'd pulled it all together and was doing great! Filled me up :)

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  24. Working in foster care I have so many stories where kids have amazed me. Great post!

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  26. It's an amazing feeling isn't it. I've had a similar experience. Often all they need is a little time, patience and encouragement.

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  27. How sweet! Being a teacher is one of the best jobs. Im very proud of a boy I used to help my mom to tutor, because now he went from Ds in Maths to straight As! =)

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  28. That is so wonderful! What a sweet story.

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  29. awe, what a great post! My mom's a teacher and she goes through that quite often- what a great feeling!

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  30. Hi Sharon,
    What a heart warming, inspirational and encouraging post. Without being self-promoting, you may recall recently that I did a posting about a little boy with his little red wagon. I was so proud of what that little boy demonstrated to all of us, on that wonderful day.
    Take very good care and thank you for this lovely posting.
    In kindness, Gary :-)

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  31. I'm often moved and impressed by friends that my children associate with. it's a blessing to have such good eggs as influences on my little ones.

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  32. My grandmother was a teacher, my mother was a teacher, I was a brownie leader. But, there was a little girl in my troop, recently from Mexico, could barely speak English. But in six months, she was fluent. A great reader. I was so impressed by her abilities, and drive, at seven years old. Amazing!

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  33. That's such a wonderful moment. I am trying to think of a moment like that for me, but I'm coming up short. lol. I guess I'm proud of kids in general. There are so many of them doing great things.

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  34. A teacher who makes a positive impact on a child's life is a wonderful thing. Truly that is a teacher who enjoys their job. Good for you Sharon ~ beautiful people do beautiful things! :)

    xo Catherine

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  35. My heart is full from reading this post! I'm sure *you* will be in his heart forever too. Thank you for being a teacher -- you rock!

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  36. What an awesome feeling that is; to impact a child's life an' know how it turned out. He obviously cares an' remembers how you touched his life, or he wouln't be in touch with you on Facebook. Way to go, Sharon - - - an' Kiddo.

    ~ Yaya

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  37. I'm a teacher, so I get like this all the time: when I see a student progress, when former students visit me, when they write to me...there are so many special moments.

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  38. That's awesome, Sharon - it's got to feel great! I'm so glad you were able to catch up to him on FB.

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  39. That's so sweet, Sharon! I don't teach adult but I was proud of my best friend's first kid when he learned how to read at four years old. He loves books. He's always reading books on spaceships, animals, plants, trains. I think that's amazing because kids nowadays only want to play videogames.
    Cute post!
    Claudia
    http://www.claudiadelbalso.blogspot.com/

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  40. I love that you touched this boy's life and have stayed int ouch with him since. Teachers are something society does not treasure enough!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  41. Sharon, What a heart smiling story...I worked in the education field for 20 years on Kodiak, (Alaska) and many of those years were with "at risk" youth. What is so wonderful with YOU as a person/educator is that you most likely made a BIG difference in many of the students lives that you touched and even though you won't know it they have your positive inspiration tucked inside their souls to encourage them on a rainy day.

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