Caroline in the Delta

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Feb 26 2012

Student writing/Teacher flattery

Prompt: Your school is giving an “Outstanding Teacher” award. Your principal has asked you to write an essay in which you choose a teacher who deserves the award and give reasons why.

          An outstanding teacher is a teacher thats not only nice to other teachers, but also to students. I think there are quite a few teachers like that, but one is the best. She is a sixth grade teacher, and her name is Ms. L. I think she really deserves the outstanding teacher award, because she is nice, and she teaches us not only language and writing, but how to behave. She is there when you need her, and she’s a excellent role model. She allows us to do special activities. She is the reason we’re doing the talent show. She is an outstanding teacher.
There are many qualities I can go ahead and name about Ms. L, but I don’t have enough time. She is the reason why I do so well in language class, because if she didn’t teach me, I wouldn’t know half of the things I know now. She even teaches us how to show others with respect. This is her motto, “I want to learn! I want you to learn! I want to be respectful and respected! So I… work hard and get smart!” I have it memorized. I know it’s awesome, but not as awesome as she is. She is the best teacher ever.
I absolutely hate school. When I wake up in the morning, i want to stay in bed, but when I get to fourth period I am awake, and excited to see Ms. L. She makes my day extraordinary. “School is the worse place ever.” That’s what I say from first to third period, and even fifth. Ms. L makes school cool.
Mrs. B is an understanding principal. I really, really do think Mrs. B should choose Ms. L to be the outstanding teacher, and I have tons of reasons to back it up. I even have classmates. I also have other teachers to prove it, so she should. I will get down on my knees and beg Mrs. B to choose Ms. L. That’s how much I love her. She loves me too. That’s why I think Ms. L should win the award.

Except:

          Mrs. L should really get the “Outstanding Teacher” award for several reasons. Her brain never shuts down, she’s always thinking of something wise. If something special is being planned, she’ll think of something out of this world, which is truly awesome. Receiving that award would look up to her, like she a hero. Mrs. L is a young teacher but she takes work really seriously. If there’s a test and people are trying to concentrate, and someones talking, warning zone. My wonderful teacher can you pleaase give that award to Caroline L?

On her last essay, this girl (following) write three sentences with a horrified look on her face, erased everything, then started over and got one paragraph done.

          Ms. L is the most extraordinary teacher. She deserves the award. Ms. L is respectful and respected. She shows us how. She helps us find how it works. She’s a fun best friend. She always helps us up when we are down. Ms. L deserves the award.
Ms. L is very thoughtful. When we feel bad, she cheers us up. She makes me laugh. Ms. L keeps us happy. When she jokes around, she loves to hear us laugh. She loves our ideas. She turns our imagination into ideas. She deserves the award for being thoughtful.
Ms. L deserves the award. Because she loves kids, and she loves to teach. She loves us with all her heart. She teaches her heart out. She loves to teach language arts. She treats us like family. We love her like family. She deserves the award than all the other teachers.

 

2 Responses

  1. Amber

    Student love! Obviously you are making a difference for your kids. So inspiring.
    –Amber, Newark ’09

  2. Cindy

    Your kids have noticed some of the things I love about you too! This one line, however, truly proves you are reaching them in class, and in all the vital role model ways:

    SHE TURNS OUR IMAGINATION INTO IDEAS!!!!!

    You are incredible, Caro – here’s the full sentences of success, in case you ever need to be reminded!

    “Her brain never shuts down, she’s always thinking of something wise. If something special is being planned, she’ll think of something out of this world, which is truly awesome.”

    “Ms. L is respectful and respected. She shows us how. She helps us find how it works.”

    “She loves us with all her heart. She teaches her heart out.”

    “When she jokes around, she loves to hear us laugh. She loves our ideas. She turns our imagination into ideas.”

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