Your child calls you in the middle of your work day, “Mom? My Chemistry teacher wants to talk to you?” Talk to me? Oh, no, can’t be good!
He gets on the phone and asks, “How are you today?”
Ok, I’m really leary now. Get to the point. Tell me what my kid did that warrant this call.
I return the pleasantry and said, “I’m good. How about you?”
Alright, now tell me.
“Well, I just want to let you know how proud I’m of Aaron. He received an A in this Chemistry test, one of the three to do so.”
What, come again? Am I hearing what I’m hearing or is this my supposedly inner voice placating my anxiety?
“Yes, you should be proud too. Maybe you want to consider celebrating his good work.”
Right. Thank you.
It turned out I wasn’t dreaming. The teacher did call and I did manage to stumble out my pleasantries despite the whole surreal conversation.
Now, if I were to get these kind of calls more often, I wouldn’t have reacted the way I did and that wouldn’t have made my day. It would be ordinary and quite expected.
I thought of all the years of school my son has been through and this is the very first call from a school teacher who cares enough to call. He knows the power of praise. He knows the power of motivation. He is one of a kind. The rarest kind.
If more teachers were to act that way and be genuinely interested in motivating kids, we would be very rich. Our future would be very rich and bright.