This past week, my family and I decided to watch a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel (starring Candace Cameron Bure also known as DJ Tanner from Full House and Fuller House). If you have ever watched a Hallmark Christmas movie, I’m sure you can guess that it was a partial love story. The movie was called Journey Back to Christmas and as a family, we had some laughs at how corny it was at times, but all of us thought it was a good movie. During the movie, a phrase was repeated two different times, which sparked today’s Monday Memo.
“Even the smallest stone makes a ripple in the water.”
This quote struck me because it made me think of a teacher’s far-reaching impact on their students’ lives. We may be just a small stone in a student’s life, but the ripples we make are far reaching. Their lives are affected by our time spent with them, what we teach them and how we make them feel. You may never know how you impact the lives of your students, but I know for a fact you do.
A teacher this past week brought me a card they had received randomly in the mail from a former student. The teacher barely remembered the student, but the card explained how the teacher had a huge impact on their life. It was because of the teacher that the student chose their particular profession and to this day is passionate about the subject taught by the teacher.
Do you have a story like the one above? A story of a student coming back later in life and telling you just how much of a ripple you made in their life? If you don’t have a story like this yet, give it time – you will. What you do matters!
“A Teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams
“To teach is to touch a life forever.” – Anonymous