Tomorrow my daughter will start kindergarten…
Let’s just let that sink in for a little bit… For those of you that have already done this, you understand the feelings. As an educator, I am not sure if the feelings are the same or different than other people, but I have a lot of feelings.
I am excited about all of the opportunities she will get to experience and the life lessons she will learn. I am excited that she will have the opportunity to make new friends. I am excited that she will be faced with challenges and need to make decisions. I am excited that her curious mind will be soaking in all the amazingness of kindergarten. I am excited that she currently LOVES school and can’t wait to start at her new “big girl” school. I am excited to see that excitement and joy in her eyes when she talks about all the possibilities of “big girl” school.
I am unsure if making friends will be tough for her. I am unsure if when things get difficult in school, if she will give up, or keep working till she gets it. I am unsure if she will have the confidence to stand up to kids if they are mean to her.
I am hopeful that her teacher will see the amazing little girl that I see. I am hopeful that her teacher will take the time to really get to know her and not just see her as another data point. I am hopeful that her teacher will help guide her if she is choosing a path she shouldn’t take. I am hopeful that her teacher will let her fail, so that she can work through picking herself back up. I am hopeful that her teacher will continue to spark excitement for learning. I am hopeful that her teacher will love coming to school as much as my daughter currently loves going to school.
I know that seems like a lot to ask of her teacher….I know we all have bad days and everything isn’t always unicorns and cupcakes, but when I ask myself what I mainly want in my daughter’s teacher, it keeps coming back to this….
I want my daughter’s teacher to love what they do and to love the little people they are blessed to work with.
One question you ask yourself as an educator is, “Would I want my kid in my class?” When you really think about that question, what lengths would you want your child’s teacher to go to for your kid? We aren’t superhuman, but when we love and care about our students, we will go to great lengths to help them succeed.
If we walk into our classrooms and see all of our students’ the way their parents see them, how would our instruction change?