I am a teacher. I am close to my students, closer even than their parents might be. I see them in school every day. With their busy lives parents aren’t able to spend time with their children – no surprise then that I know their children better than they do.
I know what they have not eaten for breakfast, I know how late they’ve been up, I know who their friends are, I know when they’ve been in trouble, I know their crushes. I could go on and on.
Still, when they thrust their class yearbook at me—I guarantee they do not do this with their parents—I agonize about what I should write. Will they look at my scribbled lines years from now? Will they remember me? How will they recall their time in my class? They key to the answer is in another question: What do they want from me?
They want to know I cared.
A scribbled line on paper might fade.
But not with the yearbook online. Years from now, I’d like to think they appreciated the learning I imparted. That my one or two lines of goodbye meant something to them.
There’s one way to keep the scribbled lines from fading: It’s SchoolFlicker, the paperless yearbook!
School teacher, young parent, erstwhile student, and resident of the blogosphere.