The Nice One


As I walked into sixth grade today smiles crossed many of the writers faces in the room. Then, a few whispers started in the back corner of the room, “The nice one is here.”

It’s not the first time I’ve heard this. Sometimes kids tell me “You’re nice!” when I walk down the hallways smiling and greeting them by name. Other times it’s when I am conferring with them and learning more about them as readers.

When I heard it today it stood out more. Maybe  because they were whispering it in a secretive way as if no one else should know. But being nice should not be a secret. We cultivate our image daily through our actions and words.

What do you want to be known for?

I’m the nice one. To borrow  Dana Murphy‘s words, “That’s my jam, I guess.”

Thirty-one days of stories as part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers






2 thoughts on “The Nice One

  1. >We cultivate our image daily through our actions and words.<

    I may use that line with my 8th graders! It's so true! How we act, the way we talk, all of it plays into our image, our reputation. I simply want to be known for being a teacher who cared. I'm not a very good teacher on a good day, but what I do very well is learn about students. That is my "thing" and if I have to be known for something, I'm good with that!

    Thank you for sharing with us today! 🙂


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