Earlier this semester, I received a letter from a student that just made my heart smile. It was a result of the Origami Letter Project. I want to share this letter with you today. When I organized this project, I was not seeking out letters for myself. I was seeking out letters for others. My students have always been really candid with me. They tell me when they love my lessons. And, they tell me when they don't. I value their feedback. Since I'm not in others' classrooms, I don't know if the students give them this feedback or not. I hoped that they did, but I wanted to make sure that our teachers, administration, and support staff felt valued.
Still, I'm thankful for those letters I received. Some of them surprised me since they are from those students who aren't as vocal about their feelings and opinions. And, I'm glad I gave them a chance to make someone's day in a way that was comfortable for them.
One of my students wrote me this letter.
Thank you so much for teaching me math. You are the best math teacher ever. I never learned math as easy as you teach us. I have never had this good of a grade in math. I hope I have you ever year till I graduate. Thank you for everything.
This is why I teach. This is why I'm at school this week even though I don't feel 100%. This is why I spend hours creating games and foldables and activities for my students. My students need me. I am making a difference in their lives. And, they are making a difference in my life.