Two Cultures, One Goal

Late one afternoon last week in my classroom, where the remnants of the day’s lesson on connotation and denotation still remained in bright turquoise marker on my whiteboard, a mom stopped in for an impromptu conference. I was happily surprised. I love meeting with the parents of the middle-schoolers in my English as a Second Language classes, but given the logistics of them needing to pre-schedule a time when our interpreter, Mr. Hassan, is free, I’m generally the one calling …


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2 comments on “Two Cultures, One Goal

  1. Steve Trauger on said:

    What a great story! I would hope that if when someone says “It’s my job, I’m a teacher” that that someone knows that even though (sadly) she or he may not ever be personally thanked for the service you provide, the doors you open, the worlds you help others discover, we ALL thank you. Inherently. And most exuberantly!

    • Thank you, Steve. What was most wonderful was seeing the thrill on the mom’s face when she realized her daughter can really read. Those moments don’t come often but they make teaching worth it. I appreciate your comment :)

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