Tuesday, September 28, 2010


One of my students asked me if he could use the label maker during his free time at the end of the school day. 

"Pleeease.", he said quietly. 

His head was down and seemed to already know what I'd say. I hesitated.

I knew the "responsible" and "teacherly" thing to say was, "No, buddy. That's only for the teachers to use... What would you need to label, anyhow? Why don't you go find someone to play with, I have some work I need to get done before the end of the day... No, this isn't the best time...go play."

Instead, I said "Yes".

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I had forgotten all about our little interaction, until he shyly slipped me his label before he left for the day.  

I'm so glad I said "Yes". 

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  1. What a precious moment! And, a great reminder to sometimes say "yes" even when our first thought is "no." :)

  2. Oh, this is so sweet. What a dear boy- I know that hanging of the head well, for I often say "no" when I know I should say "yes". Thank you for sharing this grand moment- and reminding me to remember to say Yes!!!

  3. I'm sitting at lunch with my teacher team and I just shared this post to put a smile on all of their faces ;) Thanks for making our day! Kids surprise you when you least expect it!

  4. Thanks for encouragements ladies!

  5. That is so sweet!! I have been trying more often to say yes more instead of putting them off.