On Thursday, my third and fourth grade students performed a huge musical! The gymnasium was packed- standing room only! The show was WONDERFUL because the students worked really hard and gave it their all up on the stage. I will be honest- I do require a lot of them. Musical theater is my "thing", so I am always striving for perfection. Well, as close to perfection 8, 9, and 10 year olds can get! And let me say, they brought their "A" game... and had fun doing it!
Obviously putting on shows of this magnitude is extremely stressful. But it is part of the job. And I love it. Whenever I hear all 175 of them singing together for the first time, all the stress washes away and I have to do my best not to cry tears of joy. I know, sometimes I can be a sucker!
At school the next day, I was rewarded with thank your cards from some of the students. How lucky I am to get thank you cards for simply doing my job. I wanted to share some of them... no names though!
We sang a song called Surf's Up... so this student drew Jelly surfing!
They kind of know all about my cats...
A little hard to read, but it says...
"When I was up on stage in front of all of those people singing I felt
good instead of nervous the way I felt before. Thank you Mrs. Michael-Cooney"
I like that this little girl said I taught her "how to look sharp". I must use that phrase more than I think! She also mentioned that she saw some Mee-Maws crying. I always joke with the kids that the Mee-Maws always love the shows and will cry tears of happiness when they see their "grandbaby" singing and dancing on the stage. It has sort of become a joke in my room now that I love to talk about Mee-Maws.
And now this kid, he couldn't be more right...
Sometimes teaching is hard and stressful. But stuff like this... it reminds you that it is all worth it. And I don't feel deserving of all the nice things they say because I am far from the perfect teacher. But I am so thankful for their kind words!
What is the most stressful thing about your job and what makes it all worth it?