Do your children or students know how much you truly care?
I think we adults, (teachers and parents) sometimes take for granted that our students and children really understand the extent of our appreciation, our genuine desire for them to succeed, and the depths of our unconditional love for them. As parents, we hope that our children understand we are their biggest cheerleaders in life, despite our job to discipline, set boundaries, and not be their best friend. As teachers, we feel much the same.
We went into teaching because we wanted to make a difference. Therefore, we want to see our students succeed. Sometimes this message can get lost behind the routine of daily tasks, tests taken, etc. While we aspire to maintain a peaceful classroom and home-life, (which may mean setting firm boundaries), we ultimately want our students and children to understand that we want nothing but the best for them. We want to teach to them in a way that best serves them, and ultimately, we want to connect with them. For once that connection has been made, trust is formed, and true success may be achieved. [read more]