Have you ever thrown a rock in a body of water and watched the ripples that follow? Do you wonder how can I be that small rock in the big pond? This month we are setting out to do just that. If you ever wonder if a small action you take makes a difference in the lives of others it does.
Renae and I were grocery shopping on Friday night. I know, big surprise. I ran into a former student. I haven’t taught in several years so I was surprised that he even recognized me; in fact that was two children ago. He declared that his dad talks about me all of the time and I was the reason he passed 6th grade. I only taught him math. I was a part-time teacher who worked 3 hours a day because I had to be back in time to pick up my son from preschool. I thought back and wondered how could I have had such an impact on this students life?
Then I remember during my planing time in the morning he used to come to my room with his breakfast and we would review math. I used to have a class full of students who wanted to review math. I even had the Assistant Principal show up and ask why certain students were not in the lunchroom. When they told him they were coming to get help in math he was a bit skeptical. The students I usually teach are those more likely to appear in School Suspension than morning math review. The difference was my attitude toward them. I believe attitude is everything. I offered to help and I encouraged them to learn just by being available to answer their questions. I realized that they most likely didn’t have the support at home to help with their math. They also weren’t willing to ask for help from their peers so they just failed their tests. They just needed additional review time and they were able to pass and in some cases earned A’s.
I believe that everyone reading this today can encourage someone by your actions to become more than they thought they could be. It isn’t hard to share a talent you have to create a ripple.
What is your ripple making talent?