Over the past couple of years, I have often questioned my abilities as a teacher. I have had a lot of rough days and a few occasions where I wondered if I could ever do enough. I think we all end up in this place once in awhile because it is truly a job that never ends and could always be done better. However, I have also been trying to focus more on the little things that bring us joy as educators. There are, of course, many moments related to academic learning that are super special, but it’s not these moments that I find most meaningful and it’s not these moments that keep me in this profession. It’s those little things that are about relationships that really get to me…
- That smile from that kid who just needed someone to talk to at recess.
- “Can I give you a hug, Ms. B?”
- The moment a child finally opens up to you.
- An email from a parent thanking you for your understanding.
- That kid who comes to ask you about anxiety after a lesson on mental health.
- The student who feels safe enough to share that their grandfather passed away during morning meeting.
- “I know you get it, Ms. B. You understand.”
- Watching a child develop a new friendship.
- Parents who let you know that their child is happy to come to school.
- Returning after an absence to: “We missed you!”
There are a million moments that we could reflect upon because we truly do make a difference in the lives of kids. They matter. We matter. Relationships matter.
When we’re feeling down, we need to remember that it’s the little things that matter the most.