The day has been long and hot, and it's only September. You've paddled two boys and listened to a parent question your intelligence and tried your best to reach a shy girl who can't seem to learn. And it's only Tuesday.
Just as you hear the final bus pull away this draining afternoon, you sit at your desk with your head in your hands. I definitely need another career; this is not going to get better. This idea is a good one and you gather up a few papers before turning toward the door. Then it happens. The shy girl - the one you couldn't reach - stands holding a batch of violets. She thanks you for helping her learn and then quickly walks away.
The inspirational stories contained in Moments for Teachers recall the pages of pure gold and silver that are tucked away in the memories of those who make real differences in the lives of children.