I am in my third year as a Middle School Gifted Education teacher and fifteenth year overall as an educator. I recently learned that the program I am the teacher of has been cut. I will still have a teaching position, but I will no longer be teaching gifted kids and I will no longer be teaching in middle school. I have gained many things from teaching gifted kids, most of all, is that many gifted kids need to be less hard on themselves and not take life as seriously as they do. I hope that somehow my students have learned this lesson along with me during the past three years. As a teacher, I often wonder is anything I am doing with my students going to stick with them when they leave school and move on with their lives. I wonder if most of them are just biding their time until they no longer have to be forced into coming to my class or any other class for that matter. I wonder if they will use what they have learned from me beyond my classroom, when they start a profession, go to college, begin a family, and start living their own lives. After all, the biggest reason I became a teacher is that I wanted to have some kind of impact beyond my classroom, in my students’ lives. Did any of them learn anything from me that they will use to make themselves a better person somehow? Or was my class just a way they could pass the day a little faster?
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