This morning, a student handed me a letter with a granola bar taped to the envelope. I was asked to wait until after class to read it. Inside, was a typed letter with the following (unedited) text:
I want to start from the beginning. The beginning of the year was sketchy; I didn't know any sort of math or any thing about geometry. And though we didn't talk about geometry or any sort of math the first week or two, I have learned so much: from math to methods, from lectures to life lessons, and for that the least I can do is give my gratitude: so thank you.
Many of lectures and speeches or teaching methods maybe very unusual to a lot of people, however they were very funny and I loved them.
To be honest, I'm not emotional person unless it comes to something I seriously don't want to talk about or unless it really bothers me.
There were some times where you saw me cry - which I for one hated to let anyone see me like that - and you gave me a granola bar - more than one time. You helped me with a lot of stuff and told me advice, something none of my friends or family could
I really appreciate everything you did for the class and me. It might not be a lot but to me it was, so thank you for being there and for caring.
I have had a lot of good, even great teachers, but I had never had a teacher like you. You by far are my favorite and best teacher ever.
P.S. I will miss you and your weird/funny lectures and rants.
There may be a long list of students that I have failed this year, but there is at least one for whom I was a positive change. I am so grateful to this student for this letter. It allows me to feel good about the changes I made this year. It's one thing to think that you've done right by your students, helping them to enjoy your class as well as learned something from it.
It's entirely something else to have proof of it.
I will cherish this letter.