My students are really polite. I don’t write enough about that, and I really should. It’s been the trend for the past few years. More and more kids address us teachers as “sir” and “ma’am” (that’s not a thing up here like it is in the South), say “thank you” at the end of class, help us tidy up without being asked, that kind of thing. We all definitely appreciate it.
There’s also been an increase in the number of students giving thank you gifts, which I don’t think any of us expected, but it’s super sweet! You all saw my Death Star plant. Today I got a gift card to a local restaurant, a bunch of chocolate, and a smiley face rock (which will go next to the Death Star plant, obviously). I was kind of blown away by that.
I accepted the gifts and well-wishes happily, and gave the World final to my two Block 4 classes. In both of them, the mood was upbeat; the students knew they totally had this. And, at the end, I wished everyone good luck on their last finals (tomorrow), and said what I refer to as my favorite words of the year: class dismissed.