My students are my family. I mean think about it. I spend more time with my students than I do my own family. My own children. They spend more time with me than they do their own parents. We are family.
This school year, I wanted the parents of my 60+ students to know that I am invested in their most prized possessions– their children. I want parents to know that I will take care of and protect and love and nurture their children as I would my own children. I think about my students all the time. I think about conversations we’ve had. Conversations we should’ve had. And conversations we will have. I reflect on things that I have said to them. I think about things that they have shared with me, an extension of their own family. I see things daily that make me think, “Oh! I can’t wait to share this with my students!” I am invested in them and I want them to know that deep in their hearts. I want them to know that along with their parents, I am a partner in this so-called journey through life. Your parents and I are connected through you.
We are a family.
That’s why I asked students to bring in a family portrait to share with our school family. This bookshelf is a constant reminder of people who love and care for them. I often catch students stopping by and gazing. Feeling love from a moment caught in time. Feeling love from family. In a way, it makes them feel safe in my classroom. And if students feel safe, they are ready to truly learn.