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When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking

There is a poem that I have seen attributed to Connie Black entitled When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking.  I have always wanted to re-write it from the perspective of a student …enjoy.

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you laugh with Cindy who no one else laughs with, and I wanted to laugh too.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you ask  Mark who always sits in the corner to sit a little closer, and I thought it was good to be kind and include everyone.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give a compliment to Keisha who never receives one, and I knew that kind words make a difference.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you pat Eddie on the back as he walked out of class, and I knew that little things are special things.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you ask Billy why he was absent yesterday, and I knew that you missed us when we were not in class.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw your tear when I presented, and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I LOOKED….and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.

 

 

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  1. Our students are watching, listening even when we think they might not be and it’s absolutely amazing when some of them come back and either tell you or write to you and remind you that what you said or what you did made a big difference to them. And you usually had no idea they were taking it in, recording it and saving it for later use. I have had students come back from more than 25 years and share a story with me that just blew me away. And I have had the privilege and honor of hiring one of my former students as a teacher. Remember this, they remember. Therefore it behooves us to give them the best version of ourselves that we can.

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