Being There for Children

“Develop resilience and be brave. There are days when it is very discouraging. You have to develop personal resilience to environmental things that come along. If you let every single environmental challenge knock you off your game, it’s going to be very, very hard.” -Renee James

I am participating in the #AprilBlogADay challenge. The prompts are provided by Meredith Towne (@BklynMeredith) a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Today’s prompt is: What makes you resilient? Why are you still teaching today?

What makes me resilient is the strength I have seen every day in the children I have taught. Some have faced the challenge of being away from their family and friends for a long time due to their bad choices. Yet, they still smile. Some have been removed from their homes for the bad choices of others. Yet, they still smile. Some have lost a parent, a loved one, a pet. Yet, they still smile. Some have wondered about the next meal and the roof over their head. Yet, they still smile.

They are strong, resilient, and perseverant, and when they are not, they need someone to be there for them. I work in education because I may be that person.

I smile. I joke. I laugh. I cry, too. I build relationship by being true to who I am while recognizing who they are. I am not afraid to share a story about things I did when I was their age. I want children to understand they can move on from their decisions.

I am not afraid to admit that I have bad days. However, I am more likely to talk about the possibilities of learning, change, and growth with students.

I am an educator because I want to be there for children. I want them to know they are safe in school. Unless they feel safe, they cannot expand their minds and chase their passions.

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My Commitment – April Blog a Day Challenge
I have joined the #AprilBlogaday Challenge. The goal is to submit a blog entry every day in April. I will not promise each blog entry will be motivational, energetic, and thought-provoking. However, I will do my best to continue to reflect on my journey of learning and my areas of growth.