Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Oct 14 2008

teacher moments…

I believe in educating the whole-child…I believe that Character Education is just as important, if not MORE important, than academics. Integrity, honesty, kindness, compassion, sympathy, mercy…terms my students are familiar with. I believe in helping students develop such characteristics at a young age.

Anywhoozle…today, one of my students blew me away with an act of kindness.

It all started about two weeks ago. My student Daisia had a birthday; she brought goodie bags for all the kids and one for her teacher. She didn’t bring enough so Evan didn’t get one; naturally i gave mine to Evan. No big deal, right? I didn’t even think about it…but one of my students took notice.

Today, two weeks later, Jhiezl came to class early and gave me a picture she colored. Attached to the picture were several seashells she found at the beach that weekend. Underneath the seashells taped to the picture were these words, “Dear Ms. Judson, I wanted to give this to you because you had to give your goodie bag to Evan.”

I sat at my desk, stunned. What a thoughtful gesture from such a young child…

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