Being a teacher can be a thankless job at times. You’re the scapegoat of students who don’t do well. Some students are far from appreciative of your efforts to make learning fun. Most don’t read the assignments and question why they’re failing the course. There are some who question your authority and credibility even though you come to class prepared and clearly know your stuff. Commitment and dedication are vague concepts; if you try to instill in them of these values, some are indifferent while others scoff at you. There are cases when some students go to the extreme and dangle monetary rewards in your face in the hope of swaying you to change their F to a passing mark.
But amidst this mountain of adversity, teaching becomes clearly worthwhile when, out of the blue, you e-mail box is inundated with messages with these lines:
“Thank you for teaching me.”
“Did I ever thank you for teaching me good English? If I haven’t, thank you very much.”
“I miss being in your class very much.”
“I miss your class.”
They’re the best lines one can ever express to a fatigued teacher and lift her out of the doldrums.