Sunday, July 27, 2014

It Can Be Done

As we get our class lists every year, we often hear phrases like, “Oh… you have (insert name of extremely challenging student here) in your class.  Good luck!  You’re going to need it!”  Or the phrase, “(Name) made me cry last year… A lot.”  In which I am foolish enough to ask the question, “How much is a lot?”  And I get a response along the lines of, “Every week,” or even worse, “Every day.”

Initially, these kinds of comments make me nervous.  The kind of nervous where my palms start sweating, my heart starts racing, and I get this uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach that won’t go away.  But then it does go away.  Eventually.  And it all happens when I utter four simple words, “it can be done.”

It can be done. 

Thinking deeply about these students that enter our classroom with warning labels leads me to examine my own biases.  I must be open-minded and see past the labels that students come in with.  I want all of my students to experience success.  All of them.  And I know that it can be done. 

It can be done. 

No student is a lost cause.  Not yesterday, not today, and most definitely not tomorrow.  Not ever.  Each student that enters our classroom is unique.  They each have different backgrounds and experiences that shape who they are and who they become.  These students enter our classrooms with limitless potential and an endless desire to be loved.  They may push us to our limits and challenge us in ways we never thought possible.  They may make us cry and grit our teeth, but I know that they will always make us smile.  Always.  I didn’t go into teaching for the summers off or the recognition, I went into teaching to make a difference.  And that’s exactly what I plan to do – make a difference. 

 It can be done. 

And so I leave you with this…  As you enter the school year, approach it with an open mind.  Do not let what others say about a student influence how you view and treat this student.  Each student that enters your classroom does so with an open heart yearning to be loved.  Get rid of the labels.  Educate, encourage, inspire.  Make a difference in the lives of those set before you. 

It can be done. 

And it will be done.  


1 comment:

  1. LOVE this! Such an inspirational post and very true as well. I know I've had my fair share of challenges in the classroom, but I also know that each one makes me a better teacher. Thanks for sharing Chelsea!
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