What Students Really Need to Hear

I came across this blog post tonight via Facebook and I am SO glad I did. Really powerful messages I wish my young grade 3 students could read and really understand this because it’s how I feel about them. Today was a tough day, it’s been a tough week actually and I just wish that those little people really knew how much I care for them!

It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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2 responses to “What Students Really Need to Hear

  1. cindyvcordeiro

    Thanks for sharing this Shivonne. Words I needed to hear and will probably say to some of my middle years students next year.

  2. Love this article! Totally my philosophy! YES!!!!!

    Renee Twinney, OCT Grade 3/4, Massey Street P. S.

    You must be the change you want to see in the world. Gandhi


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