Friday, June 11, 2010
I have a girl in my afternoon class who I fight with all the time.
"You are a troublemaker," I tell her. "I don't like troublemakers."
She doesn't care at all. "YOU are a troublemaker," she says.
"Oh, you call your English teacher a troublemaker? How could you?"
"Because it's TRUE. Ask anybody."
We've had a hundred similar conversations. The other day, I looked around the room at these kids.
"You are a great class," I told them. I'm really going to miss you."
"You are a great teacher," the girl said. "I will really miss your class."
It's the first nice thing she's said to me all year. But I treasure it. To have someone as smart as she is give such a great compliment--it means a lot.
It made my day, anyway.