Dr. Moore, my education professor, would be pleased to know I think of some of her best advice for teachers often:
“Find a way to appreciate something about every student you teach.”
I had a teacher friend who could always see something good in the biggest rascal in the school. With a sweet smile, she’d say, “But have you heard him talk about his family? He loves his family.” Or she’s simply remark that the girl who was acting snarky in my class had “those beautiful blue eyes.”
I try to remind myself daily to value my students—to appreciate what others may not see about them.
I also have to remember that I’m not seeing the finished product. What they’re living through right now can be like that barren, cracked earth in the photo above. One day, they’ll push through and blossom.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received about teaching – something that helps you hang on and stay inspired?
Laura teaches high school English and drama and blogs at Outnumbered Mom.