On my way to work this morning I was thinking a lot about my day with my students and the activities we would be involved in and why they were important. So as our day evolved I started thinking about the opportunities I had to highlight the kindness, empathy and care that my students displayed and explored. This also reminded me of why I am a teacher and yes, it is a privilege and an honor….
We have been exploring worms. These fascinating creatures helped us think about individuality and how important it is to value all worms because they are like people one of my students reminded me today. “We are all different too and have different ideas.” “We can all learn from each other even if we don’t like what we hear.” “Mrs. D. we need to be kind to all the worms.”
We were also able to use Twitter to connect and ask a worm specialist a question about worms. It is okay not to have all the answers and ask for help and ideas from others.
We are all living things and regardless of who we are, what we look like, what we believe or where we come from, we need to be kind.
During partner reading time one of my students noticed sight words in a story, but then shared that peanut butter and jelly are now friends even though they are different. I asked;” What do you think about that?”
As my student shared; “Mrs. D. you are silly you have to be nice to everyone even if they are different.”
A few of my students were using Kiddle to search for forest photos to help them get a sense of what is in a forest in Vermont. They were so excited to share their text to world connection. They told me… “Mrs. D. we collaborated and we made a connection.” I asked what it was. They shared;” We all looked really hard and noticed that a photo in a book was also on Kiddle.” I asked; “Why is this important?” One of my students said; “Because it is helping us with our learning.”
Today as we explored coding one of my students wondered about “how to” get a Bee Bot to create a circle. So we explored his idea…. This is what teachers do that matters so deeply. We question and support the ideas that our students have and what they are curious about..
So today I choose to share globally why I teach because it matters and teachers matter. We are some of the most important people in a child’s life. We care, listen, encourage and offer hope continually, no matter the circumstances. These are some of the reasons why I teach.
As a teacher I have the ability to inspire and support all my students and their families.
As a teacher I am able to connect and engage families with what we are exploring and how. This is a wonderful way to invite parents to participate and learn alongside their child.
As a teacher I am able to offer hope and encouragement that never ends. This matters for all my students. I want them to know they matter and I will be cheering for all of them as they grow.
As a teacher I am able to learn new things alongside my students. This offers me an opportunity to model new learning and the challenges and excitement that will appear.
As a teacher I make mistakes, but this helps me think deeply and learn more about what I was trying to understand.
I am able to model “how to” connect globally and why this matters.
Today I want to say thank you to all the teachers because you all matter. We have one of the hardest jobs in the world, but one of the best because we get to make a difference everyday. Our enthusiasm and excitement for our work is contagious and makes a difference. Cheers to you all!