Chance Meetings: A Slice of Life Story

16 Sep

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Walking back to class from a meeting, I ran into two of my students who were on their way back from the resource room. The girl had done a karate kick just before stepping out. She looked a little embarrassed, but I didn’t say anything. She is not a native English speaker and has a communication disorder, but told me that although she doesn’t take karate lessons, she really likes to do karate kicks. It is probably the longest conversation she and I have ever had and I’ve known her since she arrived about 3 or 4 years ago.

The boy is a more serious fellow. Even in kindergarten, I knew him to be a thinker. We walked on a moment or two more in silence then he said to me “I used to think school was not interesting, but you make learning fun.” Whoa! I thanked him and floated back to class on a cloud.

Just a random little moment in my day, but I probably learned more on that short walk than I did the whole rest of the day.

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4 Responses to “Chance Meetings: A Slice of Life Story”

  1. arjeha September 16, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    Those unexpected out of the blue comments is what makes teaching all worthwhile. We often don’t know how we affect someone until at some future date they tell us. Congratulations on making learning memorable.

  2. Tara Smith September 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    What a great moment!

  3. elsie September 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Those are the moments that get you through tough days.

  4. msssunshine September 16, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    This makes me smile so much and reminds me of something a coworker mentioned earlier today. There is a good chance that you were one of the first adults to truly speak to those children, or truly hear them. You gave them a chance to be themselves, karate kicks and all. Imagine how many people blew them off rather than share a giggle in passing.

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