A few weeks ago in my EDTE 255 class we had a panel of current teachers come in and talk to us about what teaching was like.
My Special Pal is adorable and always makes me smile. He talks to me about our similar hobbies and what he likes to do for fun. On Thursday we were working on his reading and all of a sudden he looked up at me and said, “You have blue eyes…” My heart melted at the fact that he noticed such a small detail. As I was saying goodbye he leaped up and gave me a big hug. It was the first time I ever felt like a student was attached to me. I felt needed and like I was making a difference. Working with him has continued to re-light my inspiration for teaching. I love working with him. That bond that the panel of teachers talked about was present.
Something that they also talked about happened to me today too though. They talked about how it was a good idea to live in a different town than their school. It made sense but today I realized why. I went to Safeway this morning to get a gallon of milk thinking no big deal, its early and no one will see me so I’ll just wear sweats and baggy shirt with no make-up and my hair in a messy bun. Inside Safeway I saw no one and I thought good, coast is clear! Then sitting outside the door is my Special Pal. He looks me dead in the eye and just stares at me like he recognized me but couldn’t figure out how. Even though I wasn’t doing anything wrong, it just felt awkward for us both, I think because he was confused and I had never seen a student around town before. Even my boyfriend was confused as to why I was saying hi to a random little boy in front of the store. I’m so used to only them seeing me in a professional setting.
It’s those little details about this profession that you never think about.