“I declare/commit/will think consider that I will breathe each day when I arrive at school. I will look at my students through the lens of love, the lens that remembers that the last voice they heard as they left for school might have been harsh, coming from a stressed parent or that some of my students may have gotten themselves out of bed and on a bus independently. I will remember that some of my kids do not have running water or electricity or a suitable bed in which to sleep. I will speak encouraging words to them, helping each child understand that he/she is special and created for a purpose.
Ok, so inservice or “PD” as it is now called is barely over and you are exhausted already, right? I know. As Miranda Jackson said once,“This is way beyond college exam week tired”. I see it in the eyes of our neebies on staff–that excitement mixed with raw FEAR. So, here’s the best advice that I have never forgotten from some of the best teachers in the world.
As I start a new school year, help me to remember the most important things and to keep them always in front of my face.
We see kids every day coming to school as if they have been on a battlefield, not entering one at school. So many do. Families are stressed, kids are stressed, our society is stressed…and hopeless. Oh, we believers know better, don’t we? Time for some big prayers.
Relax- I say all the time “Your stress doesn’t become my stress”, then help students with problem solutions. I also say “It is not about the messes and problems that we make, but how will we recover? How will we fix this?” I remind them that we are a work in progress and that progress sometimes takes a lot of work.