Daily Archives: May 24, 2009

A Diamond in the Rough

This post is the yin to yesterday‘s yang.

I had one of my students walk up to me on Thursday and present me with a notebook.

“Hi Mr. B, I wrote a book, and I’m wondering if you can proofread it.”

My response: “Are you kidding!?  H*** yeah I’ll proofread it!”

I didn’t care if he’s a horrible writer.  I was, and still am, overjoyed at his initiative.  Just the fact that he, as a ninth grader, took time to write a story on his own dime blew me away.  I mean, c’mon, this was not a class assignment, nor was it an extra credit assignment.  I didn’t even challenge him to do it just for the heck of it.  He did it completely apart from my prodding.  His little notebook is one of the many perks of the job.

This fella’s gonna go far.

He’s one of the quietest kids you’ll ever meet.  His talent and gifts are easily overlooked.  In fact, had he not been bold enough to ask me to help him, I might be one of the countless teachers in his life that have missed his spark.  Amidst all the passive, apathetic students that crowd the hallways, there are always students like him out there.

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