Today’s blog topic: What do you hope your kids will say about you when they’re adults?
I hope “my” schoolkids come back to me in 10 years and tell me that I either told them something that made a positive difference in their lives, or did something that set a positive example that later affected a decision they had to make.
I already have had one boy, who is in high school now, tell his mom he hadn’t learned anything new in math since my sixth grade class. His mom told me this recently. And one of my girls, who just graduated from a prestigious, hard-to-get-into high school, and is now in college, said that she attributed her straight-A academic career to me. I had to tell her it was all her own motivation, but she wouldn’t listen! 🙂
I hope one of the boys I have now lands on his feet and makes the most of himself after he leaves me. He’s highly intelligent, but has a lot of obstacles to overcome. I’ve had to tell another child, “hate me now, but thank me later.” I hope he does, thank me, that is, but at the moment he is hating me for expecting him to behave himself and do his schoolwork.
It’s difficult to work with kids sometimes, but I can’t lose sight of the fact that I am here to teach and guide, not be their friend. In addition to teaching them academically, I need to be there for them emotionally, and give them a stable, safe environment in which to learn. It hurts to sometimes make decisions that I know they won’t like now, but I hope the things I do benefit them in the long run.