Nothing makes a teacher’s heart happy like realizing his or her students “get it.”
Yesterday, two of my grade twelve students came into the classroom mid-conversation. They were discussing the problem of gossip in their class, and coming up with ways to address it. Comments ranged from, “Talking negatively about people when they aren’t there only makes friendships questionable–because what does that same friend say about me when I’m not there?” to “Not telling a person that they have a problem only shows that you don’t care about them enough to help them be better.” The depth of maturity and understanding these students exemplified was far beyond the “average” high school student. In fact, I wish most adults could realize the importance of what these girls were saying.
It wasn’t literature, but they “get it.”
My heart is happy. =D