Loving our students on purpose

I flipped through a book called Loving our Kids on Purpose the other day. The title drew me in because I am always interested in the idea of being intentional with our actions with kids. While I don’t have any children as my own, the premise of the book struck close to me because it is all about building a heart connection with our children and teaching them to manage the freedom they’ve been given in their life. This was important lesson I learned this year with my students. I had to build a close connection with my students and I teach them to navigate their education and responsibility given to them.

I give my students a lot of freedom in my class. I shape my teaching around their ideas, curiosities, and needs. It is not about giving them what they want however. If that were the case, they would have skipped math class, drawn with Sharpie on each other, and taken a nap. It isn’t about saying “NO”. It’s about redirecting and teaching them, while respecting the unique individuals they are. It’s about helping them learn how to manage their freedom as learners and citizens of our classroom. It requires me to be attentive to my students and seize those teachable moments when they occur. My students did not choose me as their teacher but I chose to become a teacher. I needed to make a choice to love my students the way they deserved.

10 life lessons I learned from a group of 10 year olds .

1. Trust must be earned and reinforced before there is respect.

2. Love can be found in many places but the hardest part is when you have to leave that place to continue on your journey

3. Expectations must be clearly set, repeated, practiced and enforced but realized that a day fallen short is not a failure, just a time to revisit and remember those expectations

4. Challenge the people you care about and they will surprise you.

5. Love, support and care is more important that numbers and letters.

6. Look for ways to have fun and share your joy with others.

7. No student is perfect and never will be. You cannot expect them to be.

8. You’re not perfect but it is the growth from your imperfections that make you something special

9. Sometimes even the most prepared plans require flexibility. Nothing goes exactly to plan. It is how you adapt to it.

10. Remember to always find time to laugh. It is okay to have fun,

Student Teaching Reflection: 10 life lessons I learned from a group of 10 year olds .

1. Trust must be earned and reinforced before there is respect.

2. Love can be found in many places but the hardest part is when you have to leave that place to continue on your journey

3. Expectations must be clearly set, repeated, practiced and enforced but realized that a day fallen short is not a failure, just a time to revisit and remember those expectations

4. Challenge the people you care about and they will surprise you.

5. Love, support and care is more important that numbers and letters.

6. Look for ways to have fun and share your joy with others.

7. No student is perfect and never will be. You cannot expect them to be.

8. You’re not perfect but it is the growth from your imperfections that make you something special

9. Sometimes even the most prepared plans require flexibility. Nothing goes exactly to plan. It is how you adapt to it.

10. Remember to always find time to laugh. It is okay to have fun,