This time last year, it would have been difficult to think of Parmis without also thinking of her friend Paniz. These two were pretty much inseparable (in Math class, anyway) last year. This was great! They did an excellent job supporting each other with their assignments and worked together to get tough questions, projects, quiz corrections, etc. done. Now, to be completely honest, there was the odd day where the social aspect of this friendship (watching videos in class, sharing headphones while I taught, chatting NON-STOP, etc) was... uh... challenging. But they are both such nice people that I could never stay angry long. And plus... they were both doing a good job in the course.
Anyway, when I saw that Paniz would not be attending KG this year, I was a little concerned at first. "Uh oh. I hope Parmis will not feel like she has nobody to turn to for assistance this year. I'll have to make sure to check in with her lots". Well, it turns out my concerns were pointless. Parmis has been a FANTASTIC Math student this year. She often works ahead on her own. She is an independent worker but she makes sure to ask me for help when she needs it (not often). She has gotten all tests written and projects done on time and has always done well! I'll be honest: she has surpassed my expectations this year. Way to go, Parmis!
One of the things I love about Parmis is that when she is pleased with her mark / progress, she allows herself to SHOW it. You know that person that gets 97% on a test and - when they find out - their face looks like their dog just died or something? This is NOT Parmis. When she gets a good score (often) she seems delighted: "Ooooh. Nice!". I love it! I wish more people gave themselves the freedom to express their delight... and that more people didn't insist on 100% (or more!!!) to BE delighted. Parmis is never obnoxious about it (you are never going to see her throw her arms up in the air and moonwalk around the room or something) but she expresses her pleasure in a way that is equal parts refreshing and endearing.
I am so proud of how hard you have worked this year, Parmis. You are a great student and a wonderful person. You have always been so appreciative of any support I have provided you and you are one of the most polite students I teach. I love seeing you in the hallways because you always offer me a smile and a friendly "hello". Thanks for doing your best... and being happy with your best. We could all learn from your example! Best of luck to you, Parmis!!