Today was parent teacher conferences. I love meeting with parents, but I'll admit that it's a little exhausting to talk for six hours. But then, teaching is an exhausting job. I don't get huge bonuses or a big fat paycheck, but I do get benefits.
The best benefits?
Compliments from students.
Yesterday I had a student drop by my room at lunch. He's a great kid, but decided to drop out of the Socratic Seminar class I teach to go into regular to improve his grade. He came up to my desk and said, "Mrs. Thornton, I have to tell you something."
A conversation that starts that way doesn't always end well.
"And what is that?" I asked.
"I wanted you to know that you're a great teacher. I thought switching out of your class was a good decision at the time, but I wish I'd stayed. It would have been worth it to sacrifice a higher grade to learn more."
Yep, that made my day.
Take a moment today to thank someone or give them a compliment. Is there someone who has made an impact on your life you've thanked, or wished you'd thanked? Did you have a really great teacher in school who inspired you?