Every once in a while a student does something wonderful that sends my head spinning. Usually, this incident is out of character and even though you hope he’ll do this precise thing he’s just done some day, you’re just not prepared for it when it happens. You hope that it will happen even if you are not the one to witness it. But you don’t hold your breath because you might just be disappointed. When it does happen you suck in your breath and hold it there for a moment not believing your ears and your eyes. But, there it is. The moment you’ve been hoping for: a student takes the initiative to verbalize his appreciation for someone else without being prodded, enticed, encouraged, coached or any of the other things we do in the hopes that, if we do them often enough, they’ll stick.
“What a great holiday gift,” someone said. So true!