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.