After the family was informed of their son's progress and plans moving forward, they shared how satisfied they are with the support that our school has been able to provide. It is always great to hear comments like this because there are times when family support is not nearly as prevalent in these types of gatherings. The mother continued to thank her son's teacher for her commitment and making an intentional effort to connect with him. She said, "We love our son dearly, but also realize that he is a handful to say the least." "You understand him and he connects with you more than any of his teachers in the past; that makes all the difference in the world." "My son has not enjoyed school in the past several years, but now cannot wait to come each day because of you."
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This is my thirteenth year in education and my first group of students are now in their early twenties. I will run into these young adults from time to time and the conversations are always fantastic. They never talk about the engaging math lessons that I was able to deliver or the results that they were able to achieve on standardized assessments. What they remember from more than a dozen years ago are their baseball games that I attended, the time we spent playing together at recess or the stories that I told filled with lessons learned from my time in school. I am not discounting the academic content that we teach students; however, this material is not nearly as impactful without a true connection.
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