Love on your students the way you loved on me.

I stopped, re-read it again, and felt my heart fill with love.  My eyes swelled with tears.

In the words of my students, I was shook.

It was a powerful reminder that no matter how incredibly talented you are in teaching your content, no matter how brilliant your lessons are, no matter how rigorous your questions are, kids hang onto the way we make them feel. Kids remember how it felt to be in your class.  Kids remember how we treat them, how we build or break them.

I asked my students at the end of last year to reflect on the question:

What is one thing I did this year that I should keep doing?

One of my twelve year old students wrote the sentence above–one single sentence that has stuck with me more than anything else. It rings loud and resonates within my soul because it’s a powerful reminder of the impact we have on others.  It’s a powerful reminder of the responsibility I hold as an educator to carry myself in a way that positively impacts our young minds.  Our kids watch us, pick up on our habits, read into our thoughts and ultimately, learn from us more in the way we act and treat others.

With the recent events in Charlottesville and all of the latest headlines on racism, violence and acts of hatred, my students remind me every day why I choose this work.  I choose this work because there’s so much to be done in the name of justice and equity. We need to serve as examples for our children. We need to teach our children how to grow up boldly in a world that doesn’t always value their existence.  How to love on others, become empowered and educated citizens who can then use their power and voice to the be next wave of leaders and politicians who care about creating a better world for all.

As I enter a new school year, I’m even more motivated to serve our kids with love, compassion, empathy and understanding. I’m moving with a heightened sense of urgency–to teach through a lens that allows our kids to learn about the realities of our world, yet still have an optimism about their futures. The thought of 90 new students and their wonderful quirky, hilarious, beautiful, talented selves sitting in my classroom gives me so much joy. For all my educators out there, I’m sending you strength, patience and love as we embark on the world’s greatest work. Cheers to creating, shaping, molding and loving on the next generation. We got this.

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P.S. What if I told you that this dress was the price of an iced coffee?! Yes, PLEATS! Talk about #teacherbudget friendly find! I love this dress because all you do is slip it on and it automatically makes you feel chic and put together.  My kind of style!

What I’m wearing:

  • H&M navy blue pleated dress
    • $4 in stores, $5.99 online
  • Sam Edelman block sandals
    • On sale at DSW for $69.98
    • Seriously obsessed with these shoes. SO comfy!
  • Loft necklace similar here