Today was our first day of conferences. I am always so nervous about the first day. Did I put enough helpful information in the packets for parents? Can I support the grades I've given? Will parents be upset about some of the things we need to talk about? The list is endless. I try my hardest to be the best teacher for each student in my classroom.
I had a couple of challenging conferences today. One parent wants her bright child to be challenged. I try to find ways to challenge her daily but I am always worried that it won't seem like enough. I had a couple of conferences that required some behavior concerns. I hate having those type of discussions but they make such an impact when done together. Each conference went better then I anticipated. The parents were so supportive and the children were so accepting of the conversation. It was almost too good to be true.
I went home in high spirits and ready for another LONG day tomorrow. I check my school email a couple times a night just in case parents have last minute questions that I can take care before everyone goes to sleep. I had a special one waiting for me tonight.
A mom wrote to say thank you for taking the time to get to know her daughter and to work with her through the challenges this year has brought. She said that it was nothing short of a miracle that I was able to get to know her and her quirks so well. She thanked me for our conversations and the support we've given each other this year.
It brought tears to my eyes to hear/read this. We have been on a journey together and it has had it's ups and downs. I know that wonderful things will happen for this young lady and I am so blessed to have had a part in her life. These are one of the many things that I love about my job. I truly feel like I make an impact everyday.