Growing up I loved going to school everyday. I loved learning and I loved being with my friends. In college I was that odd student that actually went to class (even the 8am ones) every day and was excited about it. When I'm asked about what the hardest part about teaching is my answer isn't all the lesson plans, grading papers, or dealing with behaviors. It's when students tell me they dislike school and wish they didn't have to be there. Our society is so wrapped around standards and how we teach, yet we tend to forget about the most important thing...the enjoyment of learning. If a student doesn't enjoy school it doesn't matter what I teach to them everyday. They won't absorb the knowledge if all they are thinking about is 3:40 when they can go home.
My mission as a teacher everyday is that learning can be fun. I try to incorporate that as much as I can into everyday at school. And I never, ever talk negatively about school. As adults we hold so much influence into what our students/children think. If a parent or teacher talks about disliking school, then their child is also. What we tend to forget though, is that school in our country is an opportunity and a privilege. There are millions of children all across the world that would love for an opportunity to go to school, and we take it for granted.
My reason behind this post is to encourage you each day to think and speak positively about school and our opportunity to learn. A student will be far more successful when they are enjoying what they are learning everyday. I promise to do my part as their teacher and encourage them while at school, but at home that's your part as parents to encourage them even more. Read to your child every night, practice their math facts, write stories with them, and learn with them.
School isn't a punishment, it's an opportunity that no one should take for granted.
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