Saturday, May 14, 2011
Off to South Africa again!
This week was finals, and today was the graduation/commencement ceremonies. It was moving to see our first class of MSWs walk, and my outstanding students from the last two semesters. It is always sad to see them go, but exciting to know they are carrying on the work.
I stopped in the restroom between the ceremonies, and ran into two of the students from this semester. We were talking about the commencement message, by Dr. Franklin Hrabowski. One of the things he mentioned was reading: the more you read, the better you write. The more you read, the better you read. The better you read, the more you read. (Roughly paraphrased, but it was about the importance of reading in opening us to new experiences and new ways of thinking, and how critical that is for children.) He mentioned that teachers leave a legacy in that their students make them immortal. Through the students, the work of the teacher continues.
One of the students said she was thinking about Riverside while he was talking--what we have been doing there for 6 years, and what we will continue to do there. She said, "That is your legacy." I said, "Then you must carry it on; you must continue that work, and carry on the legacy." I believe she will, and that all these students will. I have never been so inspired in all my years of teaching and working as I have been this year.
I am surrounded by people I love, who love me, and terrific students who are going to go out and make a difference in this state and beyond. As one of my students said, "Do you think it just keeps getting 'gooder and gooder'?" I think it must.