Alternately titled, “I Told You So!”
One of the rare treasures of my job is the kid who comes back to tell me that they finally understand why I was so hard on them / I was so demanding / I was such a bitch when they were my student. Though it doesn’t happen often, every once in a while a baby will come back and tell me that they’ve had an experience that finally gives them insight into what I was trying to teach them and why I was so insistent that they learn it.
This showed up on my facebook page this afternoon. It’s from Lisa of the “I-don’t-need-what-you’re-teaching-me, I-like-my-narrow-little-box” fame. I haven’t altered a word of it:
How have you been? I hope all is going well. I’m actually messaging you because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently while in my college English class. Just last week I was assigned an argumentative essay and a 10 page research paper with an annotated bibliography. Because I took your class, I was the only student not on the verge of tears. I knew how to approach them, and because of that I have handed my paper in a week early. I also knew how to think critically and look beyond my circle of knowledge. So, I guess you could say this is me thanking you for kicking me in the butt a few times to make sure I knew what I needed to know, and also me saying sorry for putting up such a fight during the process. so, thank you. I owe you one
My work (at least, there) is done!