The Deception of the Sun

As I compose this, I’m surrounded by sunlight streaming through the windows.  The sunlight makes it look like a wonderful day for outdoor activities, but today the sunlight is deceptive.  Outside my door lies the coldest temperatures of a decade.  Today’s sun and cold provide a great analogy for many of our students.  On the surface, we often see either a delightful student or a behavior problem, but if we never take time to get to know the student below the facade, we may miss the “real” student.  We may miss the opportunity to make a difference to the student who truly needs it but only knows how to “ask” for help by being disruptive.  

If I fail to get to know the weather outside before leaving my house, I’ll use the wrong strategies to deal with it.  Similarly, if I fail to get to know my students, I may miss an opportunity to provide the help, support, or encouragement that they may need desperately. 

The school year is already well underway, and I think I know my students.  However as school resumes this week, I’m going to redouble my effort to really understand each of my students so that I can truly have a positive impact on each and every one of them.  Won’t you join me in working to make sure 2014 is an even more awesome year for our students?


About tkslibrarian

Middle school science teacher--hoping to inspire wonder
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