Saturday, 24 December 2011

An unexpected Christmas gift

Tonight at our local Carol's By Candlelight service I bumped into one of my year 12 English students from this year.  I congratulated him on his final result, which reflected his teachability, openness to new ideas and commitment to the task.  It was a nice moment that I had hoped to have at some point with this particular student.

Then he said something that was like a Christmas gift.

"English was my best result."

I find myself honoured and amazed to have played a role in this student's life.  At the beginning of the year I was worried about how he would manage the subject.  It just seemed beyond his reach.

And then he engaged.  He followed class discussions closely. He took new ideas on board. He responded to feedback.

I am so proud of this young man.   He has taught me that when students decide to open their minds they really can change their outcomes.  He has also reminded me that it is all worth it.

All it takes is one.


  1. You sure are right there Shell.Things can mount up on ones shoulders but a good word will lift our spirit like nothing else. Thanking and encouraging cost us nothing but are priceless to others.