On Wednesday at my school it was “Dress up as your favorite teacher day” and it was a surprise for teachers. The Elementary Student Council, comprised of some very clever 4th and 5th graders, came up with the idea and organized the whole activity without the knowledge of their teachers. Parents were informed through the secretary and the results were simply amazing. Imagine coming to work and being greeted by 3 or 4 (or more) younger versions of your professional self!
My colleague, the art teacher, managed to get a picture of her assembled fan club – many of them sporting colorful smocks and aprons. So many inspired Ms. Sabinas laughing into the camera. I can hardly express the thrill of having students tell me: “I’m you today!” There simply can be no higher compliment than that.
Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, this remarkable display of student ingenuity and generosity struck me as a powerful reminder of how much there is to be grateful for and that who I am and what I do as an educator matters. What an unusual honor.