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“Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”
(Proverbs 16:24 New Living Translation).
As sweat trickled down my back, I tried to steady my breathing.
“Miss. Ginter is a hypocrite.” The survey form mocked me in the reflection of a glaring computer screen.
Despite the 140+ positive reflections of my class, I couldn’t shake that comment: “Miss. Ginter is a hypocrite.”
With just two days of school left for students, my heart sank. I tried so hard for one-hundred-and-eighty days to get one-hundred and fifteen sophomores to feel loved, valued, and seen in my class. And yet, one felt I was a hypocrite. That one took me to my knees.
In between watching a film and passing out individual notes, I’d written for every student, I made an effort to make amends with this student. I didn’t know what I’d done wrong. In fact, I spent the entire year thinking they liked me and my class. But nevertheless, I wanted an answer to such a harsh critique.
With the courage and confidence I had left, I asked them to chat in the hallway.