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This morning on NPR, there was a show (I tuned in late, but I think it was this segment on “Talk of the Nation”) dedicated to thanking a teacher who had made a difference in your life.
I thought of my sixth-grade English teacher, Mr. Belloumini, a quirky man who rarely stayed on topic and loved to tell long, circuitous stories. But Mr. B was the one who made me see writing as something other than a formula or a set of rules, who guided me through my first real short story and my first poem. I might have pursued another (more sensible!) career, had I not fallen for writing in his class 20 years ago. And yet, I’ve never told him that.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, what teacher would you like to thank? Tell us about them. And teachers: How often do your students or families express gratitude for your work, and how do they do it? What does it mean to you when they do?