Q: How can you tell if your child has a great educator?

A: When they write poetry about him. Today, Reed came home from school clutching a paper. I had to wait until after he went to bed to read it, because he wouldn’t give it up before then. Here is what I found:

Funny Boy
by Mrs. C.

I work at school with a boy named
Sometimes I laugh as he’s doing a deed.
He analyzes, often
Comes up with words of colossal sizes.

After being
in school for just two weeks
The progress he’s made has come in
He’s sitting longer, listening well,
Taking his turn, there’s more
to tell…

As he reads a book, he may laugh and giggle.
nickname for him has become “Mr. Wiggle”.
Reed has taught me to be patient,
have compassion and joy-
Teaching is a pleasure with this great, funny boy.

I’ve always loved his aide, but now I really love her. The boost to his self confidence is just awesome, and it’s so great to hear how much she loves working with him.



  1. September 14, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    Steph —

    My eyes are watery reading that…What a great poem and how wonderful and thoughtful to have put so much inspiration in her words. I love, as special as our kids are, how much they get under “others” skin that they can’t help but love them.

  2. theotherbear said,

    September 14, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    Wow! What a fabulous story. He’ll be sure to do well with someone so supportive and inspiring working with him.

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