I was looking up some of my former students yesterday. My first group is going into high school next year. I had them in 2nd grade. I was hoping to see some pics of their 8th grade graduation so I could be proud, but I just see a lot of pics of middle fingers and saying how much they hate school…
I guess I should wait a few years until my sweet 2nd graders get through the edgy preteen/young teen phase.
6. Duets in concerts
I'm following 2 piano majors - both wonderful students - who are now playing duets in concerts on a regular basis.
Not only that, but just as I suspected would happen, they've announced their engagement and will marry in September. They're an attractive couple and well-liked - it'll be fun to see how their careers develop.
7. A mix of events
I spent 11 years teaching in a very impoverished, rural area. Many of the kids came from homes with a family member incarcerated or spending time in rehab. Many had parents on disability or working multiple jobs. I had kids (this was elementary school) bring marijuana or knives to school. My first year there was the county's attempt to turn the school around. Previously, many of the teachers just let the kids do whatever they wanted. Coming into that was rough, but I am proud to say I feel like my colleagues and I made a real impact over the years. I have had several students go on to college and get great jobs or go to vocational school to get an excellent job in that field. I have run into students around town doing steady retail or blue collar jobs, making a good living, very happy, and I am so proud. On the other hand, I have also had many students get pregnant before graduating high school (and never finish). They are on welfare. Others have fallen into dealing drugs (or so I have heard). One made the news for getting into an altercation with a rival gang member. They shot at each other. Neither was hurt badly, but my former student was arrested. So, it's been a mixed bag.
8. Success after success!
I was a teaching assistant for an introductory engineering class and also a physics class. I kept in tabs on some of my former students on social media and several of them have gone on to earn graduate degrees from big-name engineering schools (like UC Berkeley) and many of them recently graduated from medical school (physics is a prerequisite for the MCAT.)
It's pleasing to see.