The Right Teacher Can Make a Difference


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We spent part of our day at Michigan State University (MSU) yesterday. My son received an award for being in the top percentile of students in 6th, 7th or 8th grade in Michigan that took the SAT or ACT test last year. It was a wonderful ceremony. They really made the kids feel special.

One of the items that the students could do, if they wish, was nominate one of their teachers for recognition by writing an essay about them. My son chose to write about his 7th grade English teacher.

My son’s teacher was thrilled that he wrote an essay about her, she received a copy of his essay at the ceremony, and that he took the time to say how much he appreciated her. She helped him through a very tough time and was able to give him guidance and perspective when another teacher wasn’t working out well with him.  Though that teacher was good for other students she just did not connect with him and he with her. We were able to change the situation for them both and end the year with him in another classroom and a much calmer year-end.

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Only 22 of the almost 300 students recognized chose to write about a teacher. I am VERY proud of our son and the time he took to write about his very special teacher.hats-off-2

33 Comments Add yours

  1. This is wonderful Marci! What a special young person!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! He is a pretty great kid.

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      1. He sure seems like a fantastic kid

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  2. I am so glad the teacher got to read what he wrote.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      That was important to us because we did not help him at all. He talked about her giving him a bedtime after he emailed her ay 1 am one night. He’s NOT a sleeper but it was my teacher said….

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  3. What a wonderful accomplishment!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  4. LB says:

    I love this! The school where I teach has a ceremony every year for 10 seniors receiving recognition for working through hardships while maintaining good grades. Each kid invites 3 teachers to be a guest at their table, and makes a speech about each one. Then they all eat dinner together. It’s easily one of the highlights of the year – it’s so wonderful to recognize a hardworking student, and its a great feeling to know you are appreciated. Congrats to your son!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I love that! I may need to make a suggestion to our school!

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  5. spearfruit says:

    And you should be proud mom – what a wonderful honor. Congrats to your son. 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  6. Niki says:

    How thoughtful of him and how proud you must be!! ❤

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! We were so pleased that he thought of writing about his teacher.

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  7. What a great accomplishment!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  8. J L Hunt says:

    Awesome, what a wonderful accomplishment & homage to teachers 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you.

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  9. Lacey says:

    Wow congrats to your kiddo! What an accomplishment.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much.

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  10. Congratulations!!! That is so wonderful!!!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  11. eths says:

    What an outstanding young man!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!

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  12. Tikeetha T says:

    Congratulations! That is so awesome. He’s both smart with his high achievement, but humble to recognize a special teacher. You are so blessed!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much for your kind words. He struggles but we are so proud of what he did.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much for your kind words.

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  14. How lovely! And his teacher will treasure that forever!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you.

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  15. How amazing that teacher must have felt…to be remembered and acknowledged from 7th grade. Beautiful post!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! She has become a dear mentor to him and was truly grateful.

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