Friday, May 8, 2015

Dear Teacher, you made a difference: Thank you letter to Mrs. Goetz

If you are like me, you can think of several teachers who made a difference in your life.  I would love to publicly thank them all.  Today, I am joining several other bloggers in thanking just one teacher who made a difference in each of our lives.  Thank you to Allison McDonald of No Time for Flashcards for organizing this project!  If you teach, I hope you will take some time to read through the letters. Be encouraged. What you do is making a difference. 

Dear Mrs. Goetz,

Because you showed up every day to teach physical science and math, I learned that it is normal for women to do math and science. I did not even realize anyone thought otherwise until I was at university.

Because you demanded that we show all work for each problem, I learned that right answers are not enough. The thought process required to find the answer is valuable.  A solution is more than a quick answer.  This is true in life as well as physics.

Because you never let anyone make a 100% on one of your exams, I learned that it is ok not to be perfect.

Because you always had time to discuss the sporting event or concert from the night before, I learned that who I was outside of class mattered.

Because you stuck by the motto on your poster, "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."  I learned that it is good to set boundaries on what others can expect of me.

Because you did not make us be quiet, but let us talk, I learned that there is no wrong way to learn.

Because you made us repeat "Science is the systematic study of the physical universe," on our exams, I never confused my course of study with my religion.

Because you brought enthusiasm to every class, I learned to love science, math and learning.

Thank you for teaching.

Christy,  Class of  2000

Why not take a few minutes and write a thank you note to a teacher you know?

I am so excited to read all the letters from my fellow bloggers!  Take some time to find some inspiration in the way these teachers made a difference.

Thank you Madame Obadia by No Time for Flash Cards

Thank you Mrs. Swett by Carrots are Orange

Thank you Mr. Blanchard by Not Just Cute

Thank you Mrs. Ulrich by JDaniel's Mom

Thank you Mrs. Austin by MultitaskingMaven

Thank you Mr. Spencer by Education to the Core

Thank you Mrs. Anderson by Mac-n-Taters

Thank you Mrs. O'Neil by Encourage Play

Thank you Mrs. Fox by Simply Kinder

Thank you Third Grade Team by The Educator's Spin On It

Thank you Mrs. Johnson by Mrs. Jones' Creation Station

Thank you Mrs. Ratto by Sparkling Buds

Thank you Mrs. Powell by ElemenoPKids

Thank you Mr. Brant by Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Thank you Ms. Barry by Inspiration Laboratories

Thank you Mrs. Rouland by Clever Classroom

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  1. I hope she saw this! Words of thanks are the only gifts a teacher really needs!

  2. I love this post! Teachers have such a huge impact and I'm sure they love to know how much they are loved! What a great idea!

    1. Teaching can be thankless. I certainly didn't realize all these things at the time. I hope she and the list of others who impacted me know that they did make a difference for us.

  3. This is lovely. I appreciate so many teachers but not sure I could write a letter to them.

    1. Thank you! I am sure you could. You do some great writing!


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