The Truth of Teaching
Kat, K-3 Lead Literacy Interventionist
Yesterday, I had a student ask me to go to their baseball game. They looked so nervous to ask and so scared that I would say no. It reminded me that even when they bring in their RAH folders everyday, even when they crack jokes, and yes, even when they refuse to work or give us a hard time, we can be some of the most influential people for these children. They rely on us, and for more than just reading help. Kids rely on us to be there for them, to tell them when they do well and to help them get back up when they fall. For some, nothing is more important than knowing that they were heard, and that we were happy to listen. Sometimes scores don’t improve because the student doesn’t want them to. We have to remind ourselves and them that just because they do great and exit, does not mean that we are out of their lives. We will still check in, we will still stop to talk if we see them in the halls, and we will never stop caring about them.