Do What You Can Do

Aloha everyone.  It seems like forever and a day since I have written about my classroom happenings.  I just finished up with conferences last week and they went really well.

All of my parents showed up except one. I had a feeling he wouldn't.  You know that feeling.  The one that really needs some extra help at home, but is just not going to get it.  I think it's a struggle just to get food on the table.

This little guy is a real sweetheart, but is low.  He has not done one homework assignment and I don't want to make him stay in at recess to do it.  He often comes in with no backpack, no shoes and the same clothes on that he wore the day before.

Students like this can really touch your heart.  It reminds me of why I started teaching.

I have been teaching a long time. In order to last in this profession you have to let go of what happens outside the classroom.  I can't control his home life, but I can do everything in my power from 8-2.

I remember my sister telling me once that I was very "cold hearted".  How could I not get involved in their home lives?  She said she couldn't ever be a teacher because she would be too sad about not being able to take care of them.

I know for a fact I am not cold hearted.  Teachers are a rare breed.  Not everyone is cut out to do it. You have to separate what you do or you will burn yourself out.  You can't solve the world's problems, but you can create a safe little world of your own.  That's the beauty of teaching.






13 comments

  1. The little guy is lucky to have warm hearted you for a teacher!
    I LOVE that quote.
    Barbara Leyne Designs

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  2. Beautiful post my lovely and warm hearted friend 💞

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  3. Beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you for this post friend.

    Shelley

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  4. So beautiful. I have tears in my eyes! You are most definitely not cold hearted! I agree, teachers are a rare breed, but sometimes we need this little reminder. Especially when we aren't getting enough sleep, feel there aren't enough hours in the day to get it all done, and are overwhelmed with expectations from the higher-ups. I can control the climate in my room and ensure that each of my students receives the education they deserve. Thanks for reminding me :)

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    1. We are so hard on ourselves sometimes! We need to just step back and remember it's about the kids :)

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  5. I LOVE this quote. You could link it to Positive Thinking Thursday with Mrs. Laffin's Laughings! Bottom line - attitude is everything, especially as the teacher. Thanks for sharing these thoughts today.

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  6. Well said, Corinna! I love the quote you included. I had three parents not show up for conferences this year, and as you said, they were three that I was not very surprised about. Thank you for caring about your students! I actually had two parents email me after conferences and thank me for the kind words I said about their kids-- they said it was nice to hear something positive for a change. What a powerful job we have!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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    1. Aww, that's so nice to hear Kate. It is so amazing what kids words and a positive attitude can do for others.

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  7. Love it! I will share this with my student intern.

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Mahalo Nui Loa For Commenting!!

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