Almost every day in the classroom tells me that I’m right where I needto be.
This morning I returned from four days away from the classroom as a result of my wife Julie giving birth to our daughter Abigail Elaine Armstrong.
As I announced the end of class, one of my students stood up, a sly smile on her face, and said, “Class isn’t over quite yet, Frank.”
She held a gigantic envelope addressed to me with a return address from “The Newly Inspired Office Administration Class 2011.” Inside was a huge homemade card signed by all of the students in one of my classes. In the centre of the card was a drawing of a baby surrounded in objects that represent all the activities that Julie and I love: a painter’s pallet, a Whig-Standard newspaper, a bicycle wheel, a surfboard, and a rock climber’s helmet. A lot of thought and research had obviously gone into the gift.
Accompanying this was a cute little pink bear outfit for Abigail and a set of baby hair bands.
I was moved beyond words and had to bite back tears. The gifts were nice, but it was not the gifts themselves that so moved me; it was all the thought and creativity that went into the gifts and what I hope the effort symbolizes about my relationship to my students.
I hope that I am helping students to become something more and that I am inspiring them just as much as they are inspiring me.