I got an email yesterday from an ex-student telling me how he had raised his GPA, how he has a scholarship to college next year, and (this is the oh, gee moment) how I was his most influential teacher.
He was in a repeater class, the worst class I have ever had, the one where I never got control and struggled to teach the entire class. (The one where I learned one truly dedicated student can destroy it for everyone else) So I would teach the ones I could. I am humbled by his email.
I ran into someone I taught with several years ago and they told me I don't look stressed anymore.
They also told me that I needed to know that I am a good teacher.
I think sometimes this push for accountability really isn't about accountability at all.
I want to teach kids to question everything. Just because someone with authority tells you something, ask yourslef if it is true. Math leads itsef to this - but my stance may be a dangerous one as well as not favored by the uppity-ups.
I loved the validation. I also loved being told."You are happy and this is good. You deserve to be happy."