For the past month I’ve been inundated with recommendation forms. First, it started with the community college scholarship applications. A senior, who has gotten into his fair share of trouble (but never with me), whom I’ve never actually had in a class but know pretty well came up to me and said, “Miss… You’re the only one that likes me. Will you fill this out?”
It was a bittersweet moment. Although I knew that there were many other letters and forms to fill out for students I’d actually had, I knew he really thought about whom to give this form to. I appreciated that it was to me, and yet, I’m sorry that so many other adults have had different (less pleasant) interactions with him. I filled out the form and wrote the longest explanation (Pulitzer worthy, if I do say so myself) as to why he deserves this scholarship.
And here I am a month later filling out 14… yeah.. 14 National Honor Society recommendation forms (due.. um.. yesterday). It’s hard to find something new to write for every mini-paragraph for each student. I want to be able to just put a star on everyone of them and say “they’re awesome, just induct them already!” But I know not everyone would agree with me.
I am constantly thankful for some of the positive interactions I have with students that aren’t always the easiest to get along with. I’m sure some of my students have hobbies and out-of-school extracurriculars that aren’t something I’d do, or the law would be interested in. What does that matter if they’re in my classroom ready to learn? And while sometimes it completely confuses me as to how it is possible for a certain student to be understood so differently than I understand them, I know that in some cases I’m naive. And you know what? I’m okay with that. If I am the only positive (if blatantly sarcastic) influence that some of them see in the morning, I can be that person.
Back to writing out these mini-paragraphs.