When I decided to start this blog, I knew that I wanted to incorporate elements that would be inspirational to others. I know, I know you must be thinking, what does this girl want to ramble about now! But wait a second... just hear me out - Teaching is not an easy task!! Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of why we do this job. The kind of inspiration I am talking about by the way is not a material or your favorite TpT product that can be used within the classroom. The inspiration that I am talking about is that, which can only be felt with your heart. That feeling that makes your heart melt and feel proud to be an educator.
Truthfully, there have been points throughout my journey that I almost wanted to turn my back. It's not the students, because honestly, I love the students!! That's why I do my job. See, I am a Special Education Teacher. I seem to get the "tougher" students, and sometimes when the year starts, my brain goes negative. "How can I do this?" "Why do I do this?" "Will I be able to do this?" (See how negative and self-destructive that is!!) But at the end of the day those are the students that truly make my heart go pitter patter. The ones that give me the biggest challenge that I can reach the most. Being able to take a child, that most people wouldn't know what to do with, and try and mold and shape them into society's expectations. It's quite the challenge alright, but somehow I rise to the occasion. I teach those kids about respect, love, caring, and help inspire them to learn as quickly as I can with all my might. Then I remember that I have purpose.
Sometimes when you go through each day, you don't realize the impact that you might be having on these students. Then one day, all of a sudden you see that your differentiation, modification, heart, and soul and truly paying off. Wow, it's such an amazing feeling!!!
The point of my post tonight, is to remind those of you that put every ounce of your being into your classroom and your students, not to forget to feel proud of what it is that you are doing!! It is the best feeling in the world.
As Rita Pierson stated, it is about "the value and importance of human connection." Keep building those connections and working hard. Remember, for some of these kids you are their only positive, only stability.