Yesterday was a perfect Spring afternoon. Warm, sunny, with a nice breeze. A perfect time to sit outside on the porch and read a book, which is exactly what I did. My third grader joined me, reading his way through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Had it not been for his second grade teacher, Ms. Zee, this probably wouldn’t have happened.
He started second grade behind where he needed to be for reading and that was the year the new standards were put into place, meaning he was suddenly not just two reading levels behind, but four. It was very frustrating. We knew he was a bright kid, but something just wasn’t clicking with him and reading(which was killing my little bookworm heart).
But Ms. Zee was amazing. She absolutely adored my son. She told me numerous times that she wished she has a class full of him because he had such a great work ethic and was so sweet. She encouraged him and showed him how much she cared for him, how smart she thought he was, and she noticed his abilities in other areas.
Somewhere during that year, something clicked for my son. He not only caught up to where he needed to be in reading, but he surpassed it. Which is why now, a year later, my son can sit beside me and read an 869 page book(he’s quick to tell you how long the book is and that it’s the longest in the series).
Teachers like Ms. Zee work hard to teach and care for all their students. It’s why we want to be sure to show them our thanks. Please watch this short video to #ThankaTeacher.
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