First of all, Happy Valentines Day! We hope your day is filled with love and laughter!
Teaching is down right hard sometimes. It’s exhausting. It’s taxing. It’s overwhelming. But, it’s also the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m not the teacher who grew up and always dreamt of having her own classroom. Actually, I thought I wanted to be in broadcasting. Talk about opposite ends of the career world, huh?! However, after one semester in college, God lead me down a different path. He put me right in the arms of twenty little children, and I couldn’t be more thankful that He did.
People often say that teaching is a work of heart. This statement could not be more true. Each year, my very first goal is to build a relationship with my students. With this foundation, my students will work hard for me. I’ve found that this also makes me want to work just as hard for them. When you have a friendship with someone, you don’t want to let them down. You don’t give up on them. You give them everything that you have. In those moments, you are teaching students what it means to show love and encouragement.
Kelli Lee’s Heart
Teaching with Heart
Today, I tried to show my students’ as much love as I possibly could. Who knows, it may be the only love they feel all day! Even though today is Valentines Day and the day for “love,” I truly try to do this every. single. day. I will admit, some days and years are easier than others, but it’s so important! Now, I know what you are thinking…..”She doesn’t love her kids every day?!” No, that is not what I am saying, I do love my kids dearly and they should know without a doubt that I love them. But what I am talking about here is showing the kids truly how special they are and truly showing them they are loved.
Teaching has taught me a lot about love and the impact it has on student achievement. From the moment those babies walk through my door, on the very first day of school, my goal is to begin building a relationship with them and showing them I truly love them. I know in the long run, that is where the magic happens – when the students begin feeling loved and cared for, they will do just about anything for you (most of the time – there are always exceptions), trust me on this one!
“The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways.” – unknown
Isn’t that quote so true?! I know everyone can relate to this quote in some way or another. Think of that student who may be in your class right now or who may have been in your class in the past and think of their behavior. At the time or maybe it is right now, you were /are so frustrated with that student. One year…ok my first three years, I had “that” student. At some point in those first three years, I stumbled upon this quote and it has resonated with me ever since. It hit me hard. I knew in that moment that the BEST thing I could do for that student was to LOVE them. When I look back, those are the students that I remember and I hope and pray I had as much of an impact on their lives as they have had on mine.
Our Challenge to You
So we challenge you today and every day, to love on your kids, especially those who make you want to run away from the profession and never look back….we know it’s hard, but try it! See what it does. It may take a while to “work”, but we have a feeling you will see great gains in that student’s behavior. But if not, maybe your attitude and heart will change somewhere in the process and you will begin to see that student for who they are and not the behavior they are masking themselves behind.