(“Tales from the Classroom” is a feature posted occasionally here at this blog. All tales are true and present matters about which I have personal knowledge. The following tale dates back to 1982, when I was teaching third grade.)
D struggled academically. She had always struggled academically and had to repeat a grade or two.
But as an adult? For several years, she worked as a high-ranking administrative assistant in the U.S. State Department. After working in Turkey, she is now stateside — along with her beautiful daughter (about age 6).
The graphic below is my comment page on her book report Johnny Tremaine.
D’s mother had saved this book report, and D recently sent me photos of some of her work from way back when.”
I am typically stingy with praise. When a struggling student succeeds, however, I lavish the student with praise.
D says, all these years later, “The book report was a turning point for me.”
Yes, a teacher really does touch the future.