We can all agree that feeling seen by our students makes us feel pretty good. They’re more observant than we think, and when they tell us what they’ve observed about us, it makes sense! It feels good to know that students can relate and know who there’s more to us than just teaching.
Here are some of our favorite moments Reddit teachers shared about how they’ve felt seen. We’d love to hear about your experiences too in the comments!
Students impersonating their teachers and it’s spot on.
Student: Also do you have a cat?
Me: I have two.
Student: Nods knowingly. —megapizzapocalypse
“He had them doing their warm-up just as I would have done. It was awesome.” —Friend-of-the-river
Students questioning your fashion choices, and they’re not wrong.
“Every English teacher in the school rocks the cardigan look.” —dresmith423
“One of my students told me that all the teachers on the 8th grade team dress like the subject we teach.” —thedoctor2708
Students checking in on your emotional health, and it’s very sweet.
“… genuinely just looked at me as a person. Made me tear up a lot.” —LadyTanizaki
“It ended with several of my students surrounding my chair in a group hug.” —cleveroriginalname3
Students recognizing an unfair situation and telling you about it.
“I literally have never been so glad to be wearing a mask because I was NOT controlling my face in that moment.” —TheBardsBabe
“On the inside I was just like so glad they get it.” —megapizzapocalypse
Students knowing when to help you out because they really do care.
“… without a word just continued to read the rest of the poem for the class while I dried my eyes.” —ApplePieBed99
“One of my boys took to quietly picking [my badge] up and handing it to me as we were going out the door.” —hazelbee