Today was not one of those days. Today was a payday. Today is a day I will think about when I secretly wish I could throttle my 5th graders. Today I got a surprise visit from one of my former students. Jesse was in my first 6th grade class six years ago and today he brought me a graduation announcement. We sat and talked for almost an hour about high school, friends, memories of 6th grade, and future plans. This is a kid who always had a great sense of humor and knew how to keep his priorities straight, and he still does. He probably isn't a 4.0 student, but he made it through. And not only that, he has a plan for what to do with his life and is working to achieve it.
This is why I teach. I teach to help kids prepare for the future. I teach to give them a foundation to build their lives on. I teach so kids can find a path they want to follow and set goals to achieve their dreams. So, today I am thankful to Jesse. Thanks for reminding me that the hours I put in as a teacher are worth it. I'm am grateful to have played a very small part in helping him get to this milestone in his life. I wish him the best of luck in the future.