Pertinent life resolutions seem to evade me this time of year. I am active. I eat well. My priorities are in order and I tend to my responsibilities. My life has a peaceful cadence which keeps me on my toes but happily progresses forward.
Thinking of my students though, the 25 little ones I spend day in and day out with, seems to be a different story. My teaching responsibility, one that I feel privileged to have, carries with it a sense of urgency. I feel an inward nudge towards contemplation…the time for renewal of resolve.
My little friends, each with their own unique stories, are ready to explore the world. Their young minds eager to learn. Unfortunately, so many of their stories are filled with sadness, anxiety and worry. Heartbreak and doubt seem to be prevalent and their needs are great…..
One little friend miraculously wears a smile despite witnessing a family member die at the hand of another.
I resolve to instill peace.
Another friend is different and often misunderstood.
I resolve to meet each child wherever they are, honor who they are, and let them know they are loved.
One friend rarely comes to school. He tries to hide his embarrassment as he falls behind.
My classroom will be a place where everyone is always welcome!
Another friend won’t speak. She has a magnificent mind.
I will work diligently to maintain a nurturing environment so that each of us finds our voice.
One friend, in her short 8 years, has experienced things no one should endure in their lifetime.
I will have high expectations. The circumstances some children face don’t need to define who they are in our classroom. I expect ALL children to learn because I know they can!
Another friend is eager to the point of distraction.
I resolve to honor curiosity. I resolve to celebrate every unique soul.
Every child deserves to look up proudly and realize their ability to soar. With the many burdens upon these little shoulders, I pray that my place in their life for this short moment in time is important.
I resolve that it will be!