March 7, 2015

Thank You!

Filed under: Uncategorized — mvervinck @ 9:48 pm

Before our mid winter break, I was planning on meeting with students to conference about their progress to date in my class.  That didn’t happen.  I had to cancel my conferences due to a family emergency.  The students were all very understanding which was wonderful.  I had to send them an email to let them know that conferences were cancelled and the return emails were touching. There is something about ESL students taking the time to express their concern for my family and for me when I know that it was difficult for them to do.  It is difficult for many of us to find just the right words to say, but when the struggle also involves another language, it makes it even more difficult but more touching.

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I haven’t been able to reschedule those conferences as I wanted to and still move along through all of the material we need to cover before the end of the semester.  Today, on a Saturday, I sat down and made audio recordings for all of my students and emailed the recordings to them.  I talked to them about how they are doing in the class and what they are doing well as well as what I see that they need to improve on in order to meet their English proficiency goals.  It took a while to do this, but I feel that if my students are willing to put in the time and to struggle when I ask them to do something, it is only fair that I give them the feedback, encouragement and gentle nudging they need to keep going.  They care about me; I care about them.



  1. It’s definitely one of the best things about being a teacher… the mutual love and respect that you have with each other. Whenever I tell people that I love my students, I don’t think they all realize that I really do love them. I hope everything is okay with you and your family. ❤

    Comment by thebookishmama — March 7, 2015 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

    • This is “Jasmine Marie,” btw. I guess I wasn’t logged into WordPress this week while commenting. Oops! 🙂

      Comment by thebookishmama — March 7, 2015 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  2. How caring of you to find a way to help your students even when you’re distressed.

    Comment by Lori Kidder — March 7, 2015 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  3. I love my ESL kiddos. They are willing to work hard and are working toards meeting state standards. What kills me about working with ESL babies? When they ask me, “Did I meet standard?” “Almost my darling!”

    Comment by Terrie's Tantalizing Tidbits #sol15 — March 7, 2015 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

  4. There is something special about ESL students – that is very very different that working with students who have been in the school system for ages. An appreciation? A value – they know they need what you have to teach them? How lucky they have you. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Ellen — March 8, 2015 @ 12:28 am | Reply

  5. ESL students are special! I remember one fall when my mother was very sick and I had to fly back home. There were so many concerning and loving comments from my students! I love my job as an ESL teacher! But, I too, hope that your father is better.

    Comment by Jaana — March 8, 2015 @ 1:00 am | Reply

  6. Aww, aren’t ELL students the best?! Love them so much! Sweetest kids in the whole school, for sure! ❤

    Comment by JenniferM — March 8, 2015 @ 2:07 am | Reply

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