Today is the last day of school in our district. Over the past few days, the influence that we are able to have on our students has become very apparent. The notes, gifts, and tokens of appreciation have given me a more realistic picture of the opportunity we, as educators, have to make a positive difference in the lives of kids. From the healthy, positive, authentic, meaningful relationships we build with our students, to the work we choose to assign, to the procedures and systems we have in our classroom…everything influences in some way. I caught a glimpse of this in the following note that I received from two young ladies in my science class:
Please understand that I’m sharing this note on my blog not to be a braggart, but to demonstrate that every little thing we do or say has the potential to greatly influence the young lives that have been put in our care. Kids are extremely observant and frankly, I was floored to receive this. I had no idea the difference the little (and big) things that I had said or done throughout the year made for these two young ladies. I have received end of the year notes before; never one that included so many specific examples from my class like this.
Regardless of the grade you teach…
…young ears are always listening. Be careful what you say.
…young eyes are always watching. Be even more careful how you carry yourself.
Now, go enjoy your summer! August will be here before we know it and we will again have hundreds of little eyes watching our every move and ears listening to our every move.
Remember, we only have them for a short time and every little thing matters.
Brent Clarkson, M.Ed.