Dear Mrs. Hardegree -- You are the best teacher!
Dear Julie -- Thanks so much for your help with that lesson.
Dear Mrs. Hardegree -- Have a great week!
After 25+ years in education, I have lots and lots of short notes. (I need to let you in on a little secret -- I have kept them all -- yep, I have every single one of them.) Some of the notes are from colleagues offering gratitude, support, or encouragement. Other notes are from parents or workshop participants. But my favorite notes are from my students. Kids are pretty honest, so their words mean the most to me. One of my best notes is from Francisco, an 8th grader repeating 7th grade English while also taking the 8th grade course. He had to pass my 7th grade class in order to move on to high school. I admit that I cut him a bit of slack by accepting homework a few days late or allowing him a bit of extra time for assignments. I encouraged him and helped him with both the 7th and 8th grade work. But he did ALL of the required work and made the passing grade. One of his last computer class assignments was to compose a note to a favorite teacher, and Francisco picked me! He wrote about the extra time and encouragement I gave him, but he also wrote this, “When Mrs. Hardegree is in a bad mood, she will tell you that she is in a bad mood so that if she is not nice to you, you know it’s because of her mood, not because she is mad at you.” Now you might not see the great compliment in that statement, but I do! Francisco shared that knowing where he stood with me was important and made me a “favorite” teacher. To this day, that short note means so much to me because of Francisco’s honesty and sincerity. etc Strategies believes that a short note can have a great impact. Take the time to send a short note -- a quick thank you, a show of support, some words of encouragement. You can write the note at the top of a meeting agenda, on a client’s statement, or even on the back of a business card. Be honest and sincere. And I hope Francisco is still sending short notes…he’ll never know how much they can mean.