Learning from Students

It’s a mistake, when life hands you a tough lesson, to think that you can get back at life by not learning it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

I am participating in the #AprilBlogADay challenge. The prompts are provided by Meredith Towne (@BklynMeredith) a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Today’s prompt is: Tell a story about the student you have learned the most from.

It would be difficult to write about one child who has taught me the most. Nearly every day I learn from the children with whom I have worked. Over the years I have learned persistence from the children battling diseases, patience from the children struggling with learning a new strategy, and compassion from the children who worry deeply about the strife others are suffering.

I have watched children who would come to school despite being sick from concoctions running through their veins trying to kill off a disease. I have listened to children pour out their hearts about their living situation or their lack of hope for when they are released into the same streets, with the same crew, where they made poor decisions. I have laughed with children who have endeavored to find the humor in their lives despite not knowing where family members are or when they will see them.

The difference for these children over the children who quit, walk-away, and allow situations to rule over them. The children who overcome and thrive have relationships with caring adults who listen, empathize, and encourage them.

I strive every day to be an adult they can trust to listen. I aim to be adult they know cares. I work to energize and embolden children to reach beyond their current situation, to a future they can envision.

Am I always successful? No, but every time I see the students who are pushing forward, I try to learn something new about how to engage with every child to help them become more perseverant, patient, compassionate, and problem-solving.

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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.

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