Is it because some very odd situations have happened already? Probably.
Is it because I write a blog post for my students and their parents reflecting on each week? Most likely.
Is it because I'm personally and professionally reflecting more via published and unpublished blog posts? Most definitely.
(If you have not started a professional blog and are on the brink, I would HIGHLY recommend it. You don't have to publish everything you write! Blog for you first. Others second!)
Yesterday I wrote a post that was, in my opinion, my best yet. I can't share it with anyone because it involved a student and the sensitive nature of the situation. But for me, writing it was cathartic. It was hard to write, but I felt good after I wrote it, and I feel better every time I read it. That's what writing does for me. Writing gives me clarity. Writing allows me to sort through my emotions....
Even though I can't share the details, what I can share are the lessons...
Sometimes the right thing is the hardest thing to do.
You can get several perspectives on a situation, but the one you need to focus on, is your own.
Time Heals All Wounds.
Forgiveness is so important - When faced with a difficult situation, strive for forgiveness. Always strive for forgiveness.
The students will make mistakes.
When a student makes a mistake in math or science, I help them.
I have patience with them.
I allow them to see where they went wrong and give them the opportunity to correct their mistake.
I give them time to practice and move forward so they don't make the same mistake again.
I don't give up on them.
I believe in them
When a student makes a life mistake, I need to help them.
I need to have patience with them.
I need to allow them to see where they went wrong and give them the opportunity to correct their mistake.
I need to give them time to practice and move forward so they don't make the same mistake again.
I can't give up on them.
I have to believe in them.
"I believe in you.
I forgive you.
I'm not going to give up on you."
Although I couldn't post about all the details, I hope this post reiterated four major concepts:
Lesson #32: "Don't give up, don't ever give up!" -Jimmy V.
Because the hardest students to reach are the ones who need you the most.