Sometimes the most important thing in the world to a child and to a family is for the child to feel loved at school. Sometimes all we need to worry about as teachers is providing the emotional stability a child needs to feel safe and cared for.
Today a new student walked through the doors of J.W. Reason. He is five years old. And, in his first five years, he’s experienced more heartache than some people have experienced in their entire lives. He needs us to understand that. He doesn’t need us to lower our expectations for him, but he does need us to help him feel safe, loved and comfortable so he can begin to learn and grow.
As the school year winds down and we all have a million things swirling through our heads, let us not forget why we do what we do. We are here for kids. We are here to make a difference. Maybe today we won’t accomplish everything on our “to do” lists and that’s okay. What really matters is that we take the time to make a difference in the life of a child.
If you haven't watched the greatest TED Talk of all time, I urge you to take 20 minutes to do so. This is Rita Pierson's TED Talk called "Every Kid Needs a Champion".