Connecting with Students Years Later

 

Meet one of my many former students! I first met Sam in 2nd grade when I transferred to Marble Falls ISD in 2006. Sam was a bright eyed cutie that kept me on my toes with his wit and humor. I made a connection with Sam and his mother. Once Sam “graduated” from my classroom, I continued my friendship with his mother occasionally getting updates on his extracurricular activities, specifically football one of his passions, and his education career. As the years passed, I continued to form a tight bond with his mom, but as many teachers know you lose contact with your former students. Skip ahead 8 years as I’m walking through the hallway of the high school and who do I run into, Sam! This version of Sam is much taller, but still acknowledges me with the same 2nd grade smile. Little do I know that I would be visiting his classroom later that day to start a welding project with his class. When I introduced the project I made sure to point out that Sam was one of my former students, which I’m pretty sure he didn’t appreciate but that’s what we do!

As the welding project progressed,I continued to check on the class to check on progress and of course I made sure to check on Sam. He would happily tell me about his progress in the coolest way possible because his friends were watching. Little did he know I was getting updates from his mom about his project. The excitement that she had for the project was the same excitement I saw when Sam was a 2nd grader.

Here is a part of his mom’s email from my Wiki Seat blog post:

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As I drive to work the next day it dawns on me that I want a chicken coop and that Sam needs a project! I immediately text his mom and she thinks its a great idea, but suggest that I contact him directly. After a few text Sam has agreed to build my coop, has contacted his teacher, and then asks me to contact his teacher to make a plan. Jump ahead one more year and as I sit down to dinner with Sam’s mom, I ask about his Junior year in high school and what he is currently working on. Sadly, she tells me he is lacking passion and desire now that football season is over. I see and hear the same thing from so many high school parents and immediately think of the 2nd grade Sam. How can I help Sam find that love of learning again and fast? Sam’s mom tells me about his favorite class, construction trade, where he is looking to double block the next years because he enjoys it so much. I went home that night thinking about my former student and worried that his love of learning would soon be completely gone.

As I walk into my campus I realize that 5 minutes of interaction with Sam has potentially changed his attitude and outlook for the day. I’m excited to see this project some to life and to publish the changes in Sam’s life!

Stay tuned….

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Sam with his welding project!

Jump ahead one more year and as I sit down to dinner with Sam’s mom, I ask about his Junior year in high school and what he is currently working on. Sadly, she tells me he is lacking passion and desire now that football season is over. I see and hear the same thing from so many high school parents and immediately think of the 2nd grade Sam. How can I help Sam find that love of learning again and fast? Sam’s mom tells me about his favorite class, construction trade, where he is looking to double block the next years because he enjoys it so much. I went home that night thinking about my former student and worried that his love of learning would soon be completely gone. 

As I drive to work the next day it dawns on me that I want a chicken coop and that Sam needs a project! I immediately text his mom and she thinks its a great idea but suggest that I contact him directly. After a few text Sam has agreed to build my coop, has contacted his teacher, and then asks me to contact his teacher to make a plan. 

As I walk into my campus I realize that 5 minutes of interaction with Sam has potentially changed his attitude and outlook for the day. I’m excited to see this project some to life and to publish the changes in Sam’s life! 

Stay tuned….

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