This week I added something new to my to do list: email two classes of students individually each day for three days. Starting on Wednesday I used Google Classroom to send an individual email to each student. It’s mostly the same email with a change made to personalize it for each student. I hit send, not expecting much. We are on spring break, after all.
The response has been so great. I haven’t heard from maybe 20 students (not many but more than I expected). I have had several thank me for checking on them, others have shared what they’ve been up to, and many have explained that they are bored and actually miss school.
I have two more classes to email today, so I’m looking forward to hearing back from some students.
All in all, this has been a reminder for me. I know I don’t want to teach anymore, not in the traditional sense at least. But it’s reminded me what I love about teaching: the kids. The relationships. The fun we have. The way you build the relationships and the way some of them last for years and years after the students have left your room.
This is what I will miss if/when I move on.
I’m thankful for the idea and inclination to email each of my kids, for the responses I’ve gotten, and for the reminder of the heart of teaching.