I argued the evaluation, pleaded my case, and reminded my administrator of the progress Dante had made that year due to the interventions I put into place. I was told that I was ultimately responsible for my students' behavior in my classroom. Although I disagreed, I accepted it and moved on.
Because I switched grade levels last year, I had the privilege of having Dante as a student again. I have to admit, this was not something I was looking forward to, but what a joy it was to have him for the second time. He has made so much progress, and I could see the caring, young man Dante has become. He has a heart of gold. And if I ever need anyone to save me or to stick up for me, Dante would be first in line.
|When I had Dante read this and asked for |
permission to publish this post, he got a little teary-eyed.
Looking back on that evaluation, I know I cannot possibly be responsible for our students' behaviors, but we can be responsible for those relationships. Those relationships that make a difference.
I am proud to have that ineffective on my evaluation because it reminds me that relationships do matter. It reminds me of Dante and all the other future students I will have who need someone to believe in them. I know I gave him all I had, and I believe it has made a difference in his life.
And I will gladly take full responsibility for that.