Yes, yes, and a million times Yes!
This is why I get up in the morning. The students. Because every single working day I have the chance to make a difference in the life of a young person. Maybe just by saying ‘Good morning’. Noticing a haircut. Laughing at a joke. Discussing a favourite book.
This is what makes it all worthwhile.
It’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain. Why? Because I am stressed about my students. Really stressed. I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.
This is what students really need to hear:
First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself. And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…
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