We are coming upon the time of year to reflect on things for which we are thankful. One thing that I am extremely grateful for is our students; something that I don’t express often enough.
Many times our students express to us that they are thankful that we are here. Yet we don’t tell our students thanks nearly enough. There are many, many reasons why I’m thankful for our students, but perhaps the overwhelming reason is that they teach me so much.
Yes, you read that correctly. Our students teach us. Sometimes, it is intentional, and other times they have no idea that they are teaching me!
Allow me to introduce you to a few students who have taught me:
We have a student, “Mark,” who has a goal of being a personal trainer. In our lessons we work on lots of vocabulary and study for the AFTA certification tests. I’m lucky that my sister is a personal trainer, so I have a great reference to help me with lessons. Before working with “Mark,” my knowledge about personal training was average. Now I think I may be able to identify quite a few muscle groups and how particular food additives affect our bodies. This is something I probably would not have bothered to learn about if it were not for “Mark.” Because of his interests and goals, I now can make better decisions regarding my personal health. So, “Mark,” I am thankful for you.
Another young student of ours, “Melanie,” is also a student at Ivy Tech. “Melanie” will bring in her homework and ask for help. In order for me to help her critique an article, I must read that article. The articles “Melanie” chooses range in topics, and I can say that I probably would never voluntarily read any of the articles she has brought me, yet I am always intrigued by them once I get involved. While helping her understand what the article is saying, we end up asking more questions about the topic. Together, we turn to the internet to find our answers. “Melanie,” thank you for helping me broaden my horizons.
Although I only mentioned two students by their (alias) name, there isn’t a single student at The Literacy Center that I am not thankful for. Sometimes I am thankful for what they taught me in that lesson. Sometimes I am thankful that they trust me enough to help them do one of the most difficult things in their lives. I am always thankful that our students are so brave to come to us for help. Additionally, I am very thankful that our students have taught me to appreciate the little achievements in my own life.