I woke up late. It was rainy and I just wanted to go back to bed. I rushed to get everything in the crockpot and get to work.
I felt organized and ready for the day. I was carefully explaining the math test to my students, when my principal appeared at my door with a young girl. Uh oh, I thought.
“Ms. Krueger, we have a new student for you,” my principal stated with a guilty look.
I instantly felt frazzled and stressed. I smiled at her and had a student give her a tour as I frantically tried to get things together for her. My second new student this past month. Stressed.
I went to a meeting on state testing prep and felt more stress.
One of my students decided to kick another. One of the girls cussed at another. More stress.
It felt like it was just going to be one of those days.
Then, at lunch I walked in to this surprise:
My teammate’s student teacher had brought each of us our favorite candy, signed with a note of something he would remember about us and a gift card. I laughed at mine (a joke among my team at my amazing, yet scary skill to track down people on social media) and smiled that he remembered me talking about how much I love Sprees a few weeks ago. Each of us was touched by his thoughtfulness and amazing listening through our lunch conversations. He even brought us fresh baked chocolate chip cookies!
And suddenly the day felt like a good one. It’s amazing what the small, kind gestures of people can do for your attitude!