When you’re a teacher, there’s nothing better than to hear your student say s/he’s happy because you are happy. It’s not every day that I receive a sweet message and a compliment from my students, and it really makes me feel happy and appreciated when I get one. I feel like I have not been doing well in my classes lately because I have been moody and irate towards my students. I have found myself getting mad several times when my students forgot their books, or when they cannot answer questions and follow simple instructions.
Last week, I tried my best to make my classes fun and interesting. I did well, but I think I am better this week. I had a wonderful conversation with one of my students yesterday and it started like this…
Me: Hello, how are you, Sally?
Sally: I’m fine, thank you.
Me: You’re welcome. Did you do anything fun today?
Sally: No, but you are very happy and I am then happy. *my students are young and they are just starting to learn English so they’re not very good at it yet*
Me: Really? *laughs* Well, I am happier now because you said that. You are very sweet, honey. I hope that you will always be like that.
Sally: I think you are very friendly.
Me: Really? You also sound friendly.
Sally: Because my day was not very good but we have a talk, and then you are friendly, your mmm, you are very happy so I’m happy.
Me: I hope that you will always be happy. I think you felt happy when you heard my happy voice. It’s amazing how others can affect your feelings sometimes. So continue influencing other people’s feelings in a good way, okay?
Sally: Thank you, teacher.
Ever since I had that conversation with my student, Sally, I felt so motivated and inspired to do my best to make all of my students happy. I remember myself thinking about quitting my job and just focusing on my writing stints two weeks ago. But now, I’ve changed my mind (again) because of the kids I talk to every day.
I like talking to my students not only because I like kids very much, but also because their thoughts and actions give me a different perspective in life. All the little things they do make me value the simplest things I have. And I’m still not ready to give up on these opportunities.
So at the moment, I am just happy receiving and spreading happiness. ❤