In January, just when I thought Room 204 couldn’t possibly get any better, you walked in the door as our new student teacher.
I remember telling the children that student teaching is a threshold and that it was a privilege for us to join hands to help you jump across that threshold to become a teacher. You’ve jumped and here is how I know:
Teaching is noticing the new shoes. Honoring the birthday. Celebrating the new. Marking the old. Wishing away the hurt. Living the moment. Loving the moment. Teaching is blessing the light and cursing the dark. Seeing the student. Inspiring the learner. Passing on the story of our world.
Teaching is an act of radical hospitality where your action shouts the message: You are welcome here. You’ve got this. You can do more. You belong. You make a difference.
Learning needs a witness. Teaching is stepping forward: “Here I am…I’ll be your witness.”
A teacher helps children know the difference between the right answer on a test and the right thing to do. A teacher shows students that nothing is harder than taking the easy way out –and celebrates academic risk with academic support.
A teacher shows children how to command respect by demanding it. A teacher shows children how to sit a little straighter and stand a little taller—that attentiveness is a life skill.
A teacher is worthy of the trust and love of her students. And then a teacher is trusted and loved into realness.
On Friday, trusted and loved into a real teacher, you will be done with student teaching. In Room 204, we know how lucky we are that we got to be the ones to help you jump! And I will always be proud to have been part of the process.