Relationships are the foundation of our civilization.
They foster the pillars of our societies and are therefore the mightiest entity of our lives. For this reason it is paramount that educators believe that the effects of the relationships they have with all students are everlasting and vital in creating a strong generation that is capable of leading us tomorrow.
Students don’t care what you know, until they know that you care.
This quote holds incredible truth and drives the point of the importance of the correlation of relationships and learning. I am a firm believer that any child can learn anything, given the right circumstances. When an environment of respect and encouragement is fostered it is from that ground that learning then takes place and children’s’ minds and worlds expand and grow with confidence.
The teacher as a role model in a child’s life holds the moral responsibilities to not only teach the necessary curriculum but also the necessary qualities of kindness, patience, respect and perseverance.
Relationships change lives. They make the difference between trying and not trying, believing and not believing, achieving and striving or giving up and quitting.
In the service of educating our youth one of the highest honors is earning a child’s trust. It is from that safe place that every child has the confidence and support to work harder, reach higher and dream larger.
An excerpt from Taylor Mali’s infamous poem “What Teachers Make” is a great example of the everlasting significant effect a teacher can have on their students.
I make them spell definitely beautiful definitely beautiful over and over again until they will never misspell either of those words again.