It Made My DayPerhaps this is not the nicest thing anyone has EVER said to me, but certainly the nicest one that I've heard from my students.
On the last day of school, this June, they came to me with flowers and one of them said: 'We would like to thank you for this whole year. And not only for the English lessons, but most importantly, for the fact that you help us shape our personalities'.
Wow. I was ... truly touched. I was over the moon! I've always wanted to be more than just a regular teacher of English. I've always felt that teaching a language is not enough for me. I really want to help these teenagers grow, to make them think, to help them understand themselves and the world around them (although I still often need help with that myself!)
So this boy's words were kind of 'dream came true' for me. It's easy to be a teacher when you have such wonderful students. And I always say that this kind of interaction and its effects are mutual. My discussions with this particular class have taught me soooo much, too. Not to mention all the fun that we had along the way! And so I also thanked them - for being who they are and sharing themselves with me so willingly.