Their confidence soared. My quietest students didn’t stop talking to their captive audience for nearly 2 hours. My new-to-English student spoke with three adults simultaneously. One of my old-soul boys shared with four visitors about each and every aspect of his domain. By peppy cheerleader delighted in meeting her adult equivalent and loved every minute of interaction.
My students knew their classroom so well and I was bursting with happiness for them watching their sense of sheer ownership and pride unfold before my eyes. They dearly love their school and every little detail of their classroom environment matters deeply to each of them.
It is a sobering experience to remind me of what not to take for granted but at the same time it highlights the things which I contribute that they value. And, if there is any advice to share here it would be - open your doors and invite the world inside, you will be warmed by what shines before your eyes.