What Students Really Need to Hear

13 Nov
What Students Really Need to Hear

Such an important piece. So very true. As a former teacher, and as a parent, this matters so much!


It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


One response to “What Students Really Need to Hear

  1. judybeauchemin

    November 14, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I read the whole thing and I give him a lot of credit for being a great teacher. Most of the students won’t listen to what he says, because they are….children. A comment below the article drops the responsibility in the laps of parents. They really are the ones who need to show their children how to change routine school lessons to good life lessons. The good teacher reinforces all that, but should also be getting a good night’s sleep.


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