Just when I needed it professionally, I got a little pick me up today. I'm feeling out of my element a bit this year. I haven't connected with my coworkers like I did last year. The connections with the students are there, but slower to come this year. I picked the wrong thing to start the year for both my sophomore and junior classes--never again will I start with Informational Writing.
Then I got on Facebook, and saw a short note from a student last year asking about my year. I replied and included I hope his year is going well. His reply, "You're still the best teacher."
That was the lifting up I needed. I hear from my family that I'm a great teacher. I get validation from coworkers. However, I needed to hear from a former student that I taught him well.
Have a great week, all. I hope you get what you need this week too.