There are 3 different types of teachers when it comes to making connections with students outside of the classroom.
Teacher 1: “Thank you for the invite, sweetie, however, I won’t be able to make it.” Because, well, life outside of the classroom.
Teacher 2: “I will try my hardest to stop by!” Because, well, maybe you’ll have time, maybe you won’t; maybe you want to, maybe you really don’t want to at all but can’t bring yourself to not show up because your students really do mean so much to you- so, you’ll try.
Teacher 3: Me.
Whether it’s a soccer game, basketball game, karate tournament, dance recital, concert, birthday party- I’m there. I rearrange my schedule to make sure I at least make an appearance. The joy on the face of those kids when they see me at their out-of-school event is enough to make me realize just how much I need them in my life.
I’ve been to many things for my students, but today was my most favorite. Today I was invited to my second birthday party for this particular child. She wanted to go ice skating. I haven’t been on ice skates in years…YEARS…like…at LEAST 10, probably, definitely, more. I stepped on the ice and almost immediately regretted my decision to wear my favorite jeans that would probably, definitely rip if I fell.
But, the absolute pure joy on this child’s face while skating with me, her best friend, her current teacher, and our boyfriend’s- was the greatest feeling of being apart of her life outside of the classroom.