Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. For considering who I am. Where I come from and why I seek attention.
Thank you for giving me the extra time I need to think before you call on someone else to answer your questions. Thank you for stopping people from waving their hands in the air so that I don’t think that they know the answers and I don’t have to think.
Thank you for remembering that although you know what you know, I may not thrive and learn in the way in which you teach. Thank you for asking me questions that help me inquire and think rather than telling what to change and how to change it.
Thank you for remembering that I have a family. That sometimes I feel sad and may not contribute in the way you would hope. Thank you for not giving up on me at these times – for starting each day with a fresh slate.
Thank you for setting the scene so that I am able to recognise my successes and work on the things that challenge me.
Thank you for giving me opportunities to make mistakes without you pointing them out and expecting me to be like everyone else.
Thank you for arriving at school when you are sad and letting me know that it’s okay to be “not okay” – and for showing me how people can still get through the day, even when things are rough.
Thank you for recognising that I may not be ready to learn what you are ready to teach. Thank you for acknowledging that you only learnt some things as an adult and that there is still a whole lot you do not know.
Thank you for remembering that I may not feel comfortable to sit in the position that you think is best, that I may need to eat when I am hungry and share a thought with a friend at a time that you may not think is opportune.
Thank you, dear teacher, for your dedication, kindness, care, guidance and support. Through your modelling of unconditional care, valuing learning, and being the best person you can be, I am learning to accept myself as a learner and a very special individual!