Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Friday, April 15, 2011

This made me smile.....

Every so often an email or kind word comes your way that can't help but make you smile and brighten your day, even just a little bit. That something happened to me this morning when I received this parent email. This is JUST the kind of encouragement and feedback I needed to help me through the rest of the week leading up to our long-awaited spring break. Enjoy!

Dear Mrs. LaBanca,

We were elated to learn of Emily’s designation as “Student of the Quarter” for the 3rd marking period. She was so excited that she made a point of calling us at work when you got home from school to tell us the good news.  

This type of positive reinforcement goes a long way to helping her become the type of student we all know she can be. As with all awards, it is often the people who work behind the scenes who deserve much of the credit. She has received a nice combination of encouragement and discipline from all of her 8th grade teachers, but especially from you.

As parents we entered this year with a goal to help Emily set a higher standard for herself as she prepares for high school. You have played a major role in making this happen. Not only through what you’ve taught in the classroom but the extra things that you have done for her as well. The important life lessons she’s learned in your class, the Shakespeare workshop and now this award; you are a great educator! Most adults can look back on their school years and identify the one or two people who made a difference in their lives. We’re convinced that Emily will readily acknowledge that you were one of these people. We are truly grateful for your efforts.


This is why I do what I do for my students every day, folks! 

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