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A Parent’s Note to a Teacher
An excerpt from Heart of a Teacher by Paula J. Fox

I’m the voice of a grateful parent
whose child was in your class…
the one who needed help to find his way

You’ve been a special blessing
as you helped my child succeed
and I’m thankful for the part you had to play

You gave him so much more
than just the lessons in the books
you gave him wings…so he could learn to fly

You ignited a flame within his soul
a passion to learn and grow…
to never give up and always be willing to try

Your encouragement inspired him
and your kindness was so real
but the thing that thrills my heart the most is this…

By building his self-confidence
you changed his life this year
he believes in himself…and a brighter future is his!

IT’S UP TO ME by Haim Ginott

I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized

My Comments:

As a parent, I whole-heartedly agree with the compulsion to express my gratitude to those great teachers my son has had who’ve made a positive impact on his life; those who have encouraged him, who had faith in him, who nurtured him (as a good parent would), and to those he will have in the years to come who would do the same. 

As a student, I too, express my gratitude to all my teachers who have “coaxed” my latent abilities from within me…capabilities I didn’t know I had.  For that, I will always be grateful.

As a teacher, I realize the responsibility in imparting the knowledge I have gained. To share knowledge, is a gift and a privilege.  The sharing of knowledge is what make civilizations flourish…it uplifts the human condition.  It’s truly light pushing back the darkness.  More importantly, is the caring and kindness a teacher bestows.  It leaves its mark on learner…forever changing him/her.  In some instances, the impact is so profound that it transforms the individual.

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