In an earlier blog entry I pondered an appropriate way to thank the four wonderful teachers who had sacrificed precious classroom contact time to allow me access for my EdD research.
Well, I decided to offer them several options: a voucher for a mall or a book shop or going out to dinner together. A surprise to me, because they are all so busy, they opted for the latter. On Wednesday evening we gathered from the four corners of town to spend time together and I took with me some sweets and stationery to thank their students. We enjoyed a really pleasant couple of hours just being friends and colleagues. There was loads of laughter. The next day, when I thanked them for a lovely evening, they sent the following emails:
- I loved the pigging-out on teacher talk!
- I agree wholeheartedly. It also makes me realise how different the operational conditions are in our schools. Lovely to meet, chat and catch up with you all.
- Let me add my voice to the chorus. Such an enjoyable evening with people I hold in very high esteem.
- Thanks, Anne. My Year 11 pupils got their chocolates & pencils during their test this morning! Good timing.
Generous giving of time, generous thanks, generously kind words from people I admire and respect. Satisfaction.
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