The students in Livingston Parish returned to school on Thursday, August 4th. Teachers in surrounding parishes are getting their classrooms ready to welcome students this coming week. Parents are finishing up their school supply shopping and students are having ‘schoolmares’ of their first day back.
I always enjoy the first day of school. As students enter my classroom, I greet them at the door with a big smile and an energetic “good morning”! They smile back and enter in with curiosity. I’m sure they are thinking I might be a little crazy to have so much energy in the morning, but really it’s just the coffee kicking in. What they don’t know is that I have been eagerly waiting to meet them. My classroom has been so quiet and lonely without them there.
I have so many plans for my students this school year but don’t worry parents and/ or teachers I didn’t forget about how important you are. Parents, you play such a vital role in the lives of our students. You are their solid foundation. They are your whole world. I believe for any student to be successful in a classroom setting, there must be a positive support system behind them. Students need compassion and encouragement both at home and at school. That’s why it’s time to JOIN FORCES! It’s time for parents and teachers to be on the same team working together to help the student succeed. Let’s change the stereotype! Let’s be involved! Our students deserve the best. Let’s be the best!
Teachers, I don’t need to remind you how important your jobs are. We all know. Yes, there may be a few bad apples in our profession but that should not interfere with what drives us to be better. I’m sorry if you have not been shown the trust and respect that you deserve but don’t lose faith. You are so great and greatly appreciated! Our job can be tough. Yes, we all have bad days. We work with kids. I think that’s expected. But we have to remember that we were once them. We have to feed back into them and meet them at their level of needs as they embark on a journey of learning rigorous skills. We have to love them and encourage them on tough days. We have to establish positive relationships with them and their families. We have to facilitate each student to reach for success and overcome obstacles. Work hard for them each day and in return they will work hard for you.
This post was focused on all parents and teachers. Let’s mend the bond that was somehow broken. Let’s empower education! Together we can do better, we can be better, so that our students/children can succeed!