SOLC #3 Sideways Hug

I decided to stop by the gymnasium after my workout to see how basketball practice was going for my students. The fifth graders were at the far end of the court practicing their layups. As soon as they say me, I heard a chorus of, “Ms. Kim!!!!!!!”  Then Kevin (mentioned in my previous slice) walked up to me. His voice squealed with delight as he yelled my name. He gave me a bit awkward, but genuine sideways hug.

I was a bit surprised by his affection and happiness to see me outside the classroom.  I felt reassured that I could still maintain a positive relationship with him, even though most of the time I felt like I’m disciplining him.

11 thoughts on “SOLC #3 Sideways Hug

  1. Michelle says:

    See! Hugs are the best! It’s a reassuring gesture that everything is okay and you BOTH needed that reassurance. Sideways hugs count too!

  2. Elizabeth G says:

    It’s amazing how we are super stars in the eyes of our kids. I am always in awe about the ways children show their affection. As for the discipline part…it’s just extra structure and consistency. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  3. MaryHelen says:

    Thanks for taking the time to watch your children outside the school environment. Children are always surprised by it. Last night, I went to Dairy Queen and saw a kindergartner that I had just conferenced with. When I called his name and said Hello, he smiled the best smile ever. The picture lingers. Thanks for sharing.

    • jee young says:

      That’s always so fun running into students outside of school. I find that they are always so surprised that we have a life outside of school. : )

  4. Diana says:

    I love the line about the sideways hug! It is always entertaining to see students at the grocery store. I like that shocked look when they are processing that their teacher is actually a person who goes to the grocery store.

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