Teacher Discovers Written Messages On Student's Pencils
Kristin Danley 10/9/2018
Teaching has its rewards and its challenges. From tight budgets to big hugs from students, this profession can be a roller-coaster ride every day.
Amanda Cox loves being an elementary school teacher and watching her students grow. One day when she found herself running low on pencils, she asked if her students could part with any pencils they had borrowed from her.
The kids began pulling pencils out from their desks except for one little boy. He balked at sacrificing any pencils and Amanda wasn't sure why.
He asked her if he could keep the pencils his mom had given him. She of course told him yes.
Then the student changed his mind and offered up a few of his precious pencils from home that he didn't want to part with. Amanda quickly understood why.
"When I was sharpening them, I noticed writing on a few of them. I then realized that my student's mother took the time to write on his pencils. I asked him if he would mind showing me the rest of them. What I read melted my heart."
Each of his pencils had red Sharpie messages of love and encouragement emblazoned on them. Amanda said she couldn't believe his mom had taken the time to write the following messages:
"- You are so talented.
- This will be a great year.
- You are creative.
- You are phenomenal.
- Never give up.
- You can do this.
- You are knowledgeable.
- You are a math whiz.
- You are intelligent.
- Proud of you everyday.
- I love you.
- You have a brilliant mind.
- You are wonderful.
- You are a problem solver.
- Follow your dreams.
- You are perfect.
- I am proud of you.
- You will change the world.
- You are amazing.
- You are the best.
- You are important."
What's even more heartwarming to Amanda is that her student wasn't remotely embarrassed that his mom wrote on his pencils. Every time he picked one up to use during his school day, he was reminded of how important and worthy he was.
"Thanks to his mom, he was reminded of his self worth and wanted to share the same feeling with his classmates. THESE are the things that we should be reminding our kids (both parents AND teachers). Imagine the look on a child's face when they are reminded that they are important, talented, loved, knowledgeable and so much more.
Help them know that someone believes in them and is proud of them in everything they do. Even if you think it is cheesy or you don't have enough time or that you will have little impact, remember that you may be the only one telling and reminding them these things and EVERY kid needs to know their value. This is why I teach."
Kuddos to this student's mom for emphasizing how wonderful her son is and what a sweetheart he was for ultimately sharing his pencils with his classmates. This is such a clever idea!