Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"
It took me a while to come up with something regarding this topic. I used the open mic post to describe a situation that could 100% qualify for this post. However, this week the students had career day on Monday, in which I lined up a microbiologist from the CDC and the Director of Volunteer Services from the VA to present to the students. Both professionals are business partners as well as friends of mine so they were prepared for the student population they would be presenting to.
What thoroughly surprised me, was when the microbiologist asked the students if they knew what microbiology was, a student raised his hand. The young man stated, "the study of tiny living organisms." I almost fell off of my chair with shock and excitement. I had never actually taught the students this information but it appears as though the weekly medical terminology lessons on root words really sank in and this student was able to think critically and break the word down to figure out what it meant.
This may not be monumental for most teachers, but it meant everything on earth to me. That one little statement made my whole day. It just proves that I made the right decision to become a full-time teacher. I am making a difference.