Those who don’t teach probably cannot understand why we stick with it. Unless our friends do teach, they probably never will understand. Here is a note, which I’m sure each of you receive of its kind each year, that I received. It really explains why we do what we do despite all of the problems and frustrations in our field:
There are things that a special teacher can give to a student that a parent can’t give. You made High School a better place for Jimmy. You gave him a feeling of belonging, an excellent example as a human being to follow, you stood up for Jimmy, you believed in Jimmy and so many more things that Jimmy knows that I don’t know, so many more things that you both know that I don’t know and many more things that would take too long for me to write. What I do know is that I am extremely grateful to you for making all the difference in the world in my son enjoying HS and fueling his desire to learn. You made a positive difference in his life and thus made a positive difference in my life as well. You make differences that last a lifetime and change the world. I am in awe of all that you give and accomplish…Thank you for all that you do for your students, this community and the world.
A year of frustration ends on a note of satisfaction. And this is why we do it.