I knew teaching third grade would be rewarding when... my class was listening to a guest author presentation. The author explained that each person is born with a birthday gift: our talent. Some are born with one; some with many. She described a talent as something you enjoy doing yet have to practice to improve your skill. She asked the teachers to share an example of one of our hobbies or talents. Before I could even respond, one of my bright, outgoing, well-liked students blurted out, “I know what Ms. E’s talent is: teaching!” Tears sprang to my eyes, and a smile burst on my face! I was overwhelmed with emotion, joy and affirmation. What an inspiring way to conclude my close encounters of the third-grade!
On the last day of school on the last day of outdoor cross-walk duty, one of my students approached me and said, “My favorite part about third grade was having you as my teacher.”
On the first day of summer vacation, I received my first letter from a student. It was his original illustration of the Blackhawks logo that he had created in art class.