One friend shared a story about how a teacher she knew was harsh and extremely strict with her students, very often seeming to not care how she humiliated the child who was working as hard as they could, but not to her expectations. The instructional assistant she had, on the other hand, was warm and loved the children, even while she worked with them. She was moving, however, and leaving the area. My friend overheard the teacher say to the instructional assistant one day, “These children love you. If I had to leave, there isn’t a single one in here who would care. They are going to miss you!”
Another friend tells the story of how she went back to a foreign country where she had taught students many years before. The children were delighted when they saw her and she was overjoyed with their enthusiasm and gratitude. This excitement certainly shows she had loved the children as well as taught them what they needed to know, despite language barriers!
When my own children were young, they all shared the same Kindergarten teacher. This teacher was an amazing lady who spoke very softly, adhered to consistent discipline, while completely loving her children. My children, regardless where they saw this special lady always gave her a hug! And this carried on through their adult years! Mine weren’t the only ones who had such fondness for this teacher; it included our entire community of children!
Teachers are amazing and an extremely high value to any child’s life who has learned while being loved. It is the teacher who has probably the greatest influence on a child’s life, past his family, perhaps even just past his mother and dad. While that statistic may not be exact, it’s fair to say, teachers implement a fundamental foundation to what our children become.
If a child has a teacher who does not encourage, but rather discourages the child through negative comments about the child’s ability or even their personality, the consequences can be devastating, creating lifetime problems.
Teaching is an extraordinarily rewarding experience. Each teacher has the potential to change a life. Still it can be a frustrating experience, as well, as road blocks, not only from administration but parents, are thrown into the mix. Parents who do not support their child through their early years, can hurt the child’s progress, as can language barriers, economic factors, geography, special needs and personality of the child.
Special needs children are often regarded as unable to learn and that is so far from the truth. Language barriers, however, as with special needs children, requires extra effort for both the parent and the teacher. Economic factors and geography (like a big city on the poor side of town) can really hamper a child because teachers often choose to not teach in this location, due to lower pay and perhaps even safety reasons. And parents who are so busy with their own lives or suffer from addictions who are unable to aid or support their child cause the child to be at a great disadvantage.
If you are a homeschool mom, I thank you, as well! Your efforts are not to be un-noticed or ignored! Your challenges are equally important and I am grateful for you! The difference you make in your children's lives will make a permanent mark, just as any public, or private school teacher!
I challenge you to thank your child’s teacher this week! Acknowledge the time and effort they apply daily to your child’s education. They, like your child, are worth your time!