A few months ago, I got this message in my email inbox.
I was tickled pink to get this email. It was from a former student who is now in 4th grade. This particular student and the ones she mentions in the email were in my 2nd/3rd combination class last year. I was lucky enough to have them in my class for two years, because they came to me as second graders. In any case, I replied that I would be sad if they didn’t come to visit me. I also said their visits were the highlight of my day. So, it is now December. These kids still come to visit me after school just to see how my day has been. I get to ask them what they are learning in 4th grade. They don’t come every day, and they don’t all come at once. Sometimes they come in pairs. Sometimes they come in triads. And, sometimes they come in a huge group. Today was one such day. On this day, a student who has never come by to visit this year decided to join the regulars and pay me one. I don’t know what prompted it, but it was nice that he felt comfortable to stop by. Later, I found out from his teacher that he was having a rough day. His father went in for shoulder surgery this morning, and he was pretty anxious about it. Maybe it helped him feel better to be with his classmates from last year (They aren’t in the same class this year.). Whatever the reason, I hope these visits continue. I am thinking by the end of the year, my after-school visits will start to fizz out. I hope not. I guess you just never know what kind of effect you have on your students. I like to think that in some way I have made a small difference in their young lives. I think I will continue to feel that way even if my after-school visits end.