Went to a funeral today. This has been a year of ups and downs beginning with the death of my father and ending with the death of a coworker’s husband. The funeral brought back many memories of my father’s funeral. My heart breaks for my coworker, her daughter, but particularly for her 14 yr old son.
On the upside, I’ve renewed my passion for teaching high-risk students after really feeling frustrated at the beginning of the year. All thanks to a student from last semesterwho reminded me of the problems they face daily and the compassion, the structure, and the championing they need from teachers. I was reminded that my problems pale in comparison to some of the things they have encountered in their young lives. I do not envy them, I do not pity them. I respect them. My dad taught me to be fair, to be compassionate, and to be kind. That’s what we all want: to be treated with fairness, kindness, and compassion. It’s his legacy. I can only hope to fulfill it and live up to it.#YouMatter #YouHaveAPurpose #YouAreNotAnAccident
I don’t know where this came from or who wrote it originally. If you know, please let me know so I can give proper credit. I found this in the first school I taught at in (of all places) the bathroom. But they are true statements. If we can be proactive as teachers in these areas and answer them before they arise, most misbehavior in classrooms will simply disappear.
Today I continued with this theme of “You Matter.” The kids told me they didn’t want to hear it everyday! But I still saw the smiles. And I understand what they mean. Over time, hearing this everyday can be old but only if is not followed through with action. It’s the action that matters. My students are pretty familiar with cheap words. What they like to see is action. So I understand their hesitation in believing it. They’ve had too many people in their lives who come in and say wonderful things only to leave abruptly.
Many of my students feel they have no purpose. They feel like they’re just floating from one moment to the next. Today, I told my students that they have a purpose. That their purpose might be to simply discover what their purpose is! I also told them that the discovery of their purpose can be detoured or slowed down when they make poor choices. But just because you make a bad choice, it doesn’t mean that you won’t find your purpose. It just might postpone its discovery.