I am about to finish my last day of school for four months. It’s been quite a year, full of a lot emotions and ups and downs, successes and failures, frustration and aha moments. We all experience these things in our lives, but teaching seems to really provide of roller coaster of emotions for the teacher and the students on a daily basis. It’s ok though, that’s why a lot of us are into our craft. There is an ebb and flow to teaching. Someday days are met with a lot of challenges, but others seem so delightful and breezy. It’s hard not to live for those moments.
But what makes teaching the best, are the students. And I mean any kind of student. The ones who are on top of their game and really pushing themselves, to the ones who seem to struggle with every passing minute of the day. Our hearts lift up when they are up, and sink when they are down. We want all of our students to rise to the occasion and meet the expectations, but sometimes they need some motivation, some kind of extra help along the way.
I do this job, basically, because I love it. It’s hard to get up in the morning, it’s hard to wake up in the darkest of mornings (like today) and go finish out one last day before the holiday break. BUT- kids feel the same way. We’re all in the same boat. The difference is, I’ve found my passion, I’ve found what I’ve chosen to do. And now it’s my turn to help them find their passion.
I wish for my students to find something in themselves they believe they never had. Something that ignites the fire in their bellies, to keep them moving forward to chase whatever dreams they have. I see that they have that spark. So, this year I’m giving them a card to remind them of that spark, and how it’s really a light. They already have what they are capable of doing, they just need to find a way to make it shine, always.
So to my students:
The light in me, sees the light in you.
– Ms. Fitz