Students will not appreciate your hard work every day. They won’t thank you for waking up early to set up for the exciting simulation or give you a high five for staying late to finish grading their final projects. In fact, you may have a few students that do the exact opposite. Educators quickly learn that most of our good deeds go unrecognized. It’s part of what makes us superheroes. But, this can be difficult so it’s important that we cherish and recognize the appreciation when it comes. And sometimes it comes in the oddest forms. Like this little origami crane.
This was given to me several years ago from a young student who had thanked me with this small, but powerful gesture. I had no idea what the significance of it was, nor did I care at the time. All I knew, was that it was her way of thanking me. This student suffered from intense anxiety, she overwhelmed herself with everything and struggled to relax. Day in and day out, we would work to reflect on the things that mattered most. Even after meeting success, tears of pressure would stream down her face at the thought of not achieving high marks. But we kept at it and by the end of the year, she was able to find a balance between school and life. And on that final day of class, she showed up with this seemingly insignificant little crane and handed it to me with a smile on her face.
She never told me what it meant, but will I was writing this post, I figured I’d research it’s meaning, and this is what I discovered…
Your students appreciate you and everything you do, they just don’t always know how to tell you. Be sure to keep an eye open for it, I know what you do is hard work and can be thankless, but keep changing lives and your crane will come one day. That is, if it hasn’t already.