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.
How can I adequately express to you, the reader, the love I have for my job. It’s not the job I love; it’s the students. The love and appreciation I have for them is greater than the love I have for the discipline I teach: history. I want to keep their identity confidential, but I want to share with you the difficulties they face each day. I realize those of you who are educators may deal with students like my students. But perhaps not to the same extent as I see it everyday.