It’s a busy week on campus. We just got past mid-terms, and now it’s time to dig into the end of the semester tasks. Same is true at K-12 schools. And with children beginning to get excited for the holidays, keeping focus can be challenging.
So, today, we thought we’d share this message written by Chase Mielke, a high school teacher, trainer, and instructional coach who blogs at Affective Living. We think his message will resonate — not only with those of you who teach or who are training to be teachers — but also for everyone who’s struggling to get through the semester.
It’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain. Why? Because I am stressed about my students. Really stressed. I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.
This is what students really need to hear:
First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself. And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be honest with you — both in what I say and how I say it?
Here’s the thing: I lose sleep because of you. Every week. [Read More]