Be the teacher you would want your own child to have! 

Absolutely! Many educators teach to their own needs, forgetting that their sole purpose is to love, protect, and educate the students “entrusted” to them. 
Too many children in our school district, like most across the nation, have experienced divorce, broken trust, illness, abuse, and death. Death of a fellow classmate, friend, family member, and even the death of a parent are very much their reality. 
Most of these children struggle in silence. Sure, we know about some of these instances, but the silent suffering far outweighs the outward cries. Giving attention to those who are identified as “going through some hard times” is easy for the average educator. Unfortunately, those who are not identified often act out in need of attention and will often settle for positive or negative attention. It’s often the only way they know to communicate their pain. 
As educators, we don’t always recognize the signs of a broken child. We are often stressed over the expectations of high test scores, the demands of administrators, and pressure of disgruntled parents. 
It’s easy to have a little more patience with the child who follows the “norm,” whatever that may be. The child who comes into class quietly, smiles, works hard, performs well, gets along with others, and diligently tries to please the teacher. But for the child who doesn’t fit into the perfect mold, the teachers patience quickly wanes.
We truly never know what is actually going on in another persons life, therefore we should always treat each child with respect, compassion, and the idea that our influence will be with them for the rest of their lives. The brokenness of their home-life, the shame of abuse, and the pain of their loses is their real world. It’s not a world that is in their future, but a world they live out daily.

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I'm just a common man with sometimes uncommon thoughts. I strive to be the encourager, the mentor, and a coach to those who feel like giving up. I have been blessed with a quiver full of children and have gained much wisdom in the process of raising them.