Earlier this week I happened to catch the Jonny Lang song "Thankful", and it struck a nerve. I had just received some exciting news, honestly the most exciting news I had ever gotten in my professional career, and while I was trying to process this news, this song played. My eyes got a little misty as I was reminded, as I am almost every single day, that as exciting as my news was, it had only been made possible by the kids that I get to teach.
I'd like to think that good things happen in our classroom. I'd like to think that we have some great discussions, and that lives have been impacted in there. I'd like to think that my classroom has been a safe haven for kids, a place where they have always felt they could be themselves, vent if needed, but most of all feel loved. I'd like to think all these things, I hope all these things. But there is one thing I know, above all else. There is not a single good thing that has ever happened in our classroom that isn't because of the kids I teach...because of the kids who teach me. Discussions rage constantly around the question, "Do teachers get enough credit?" I would ask, "Are we giving our students enough credit?" Are we taking the time to realize the impact that they play on us? Are we taking the time to say thank you, I appreciate you, you have made an impact on me?
To my own kiddos, if any read this blog, here is my message to each of you, today and every day:
YOU ARE THE HEART OF OUR CLASSROOM
YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME
I LOVE EACH OF YOU
And here is my lyric of the day, a shout-out to all of my students: