|Most Improved Student, Me, Outstanding Student, Student with the Best Attitude , Attendance Award winner and my most excellent assistant|
As I called each one up to receive his or her award I found myself getting choked up. There were family members in the audience who came to see their mother, sister or father be recognized for his or her commitment to learn English. I gave my first award out and it was all smiles and clapping and then I was about to give the second award for the Most Improved Student and found myself getting very emotional. I said a few nice words about her before I called her name. She proudly came up to receive her award and then shocked me by making a speech...in English, in front of the entire room. This, from the woman I could not get to speak louder than a whisper for over a month when she first came to our class. The woman who seemed so shy and serious. I noticed lately that she has made progress and her skills have taken off, she even speaks loud enough for me to hear her now! But to make a heartfelt speech in front of a room full of people.....she made me cry! She said thank you to my assistant and me and that she prayed for God to bless us and our families and that she was very thankful for our time and energy in the class and our.....(long pause, what is that word?, I know it.. but what is it?, she is thinking and taking her time....it is coming......) our dedication! She was amazing! I could not have been more proud if it had been my own child winning the Olympics. It made my day, my month...my every Monday and Wednesday morning for the last 8 months!
|She had me at "thank you". Sniff, sniff.|
|He is not interested in us...he has his eye on Marathon Girl!|
After this year of teaching I think it might be a good idea for me to take a Spanish class in the fall. I really need to know what my students are saying....in front of my face. They could be plotting all sorts of things and I would not even know it! Won't they be surprised next September when I start responding to their conversations in Spanish! God bless them all, they certainly blessed my life.