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We know that teachers do more than just teach. We connect.
Yesterday I'm thankful to have had a moment to connect with a former student who is now in third grade. It's cliche, I know. But sometimes I have to stop and savor the moment especially now since I don't have my own classroom anymore. The student was having a bit of a rough day and we talked it through together over lunch. While it saddened me to see him having such a tough time, I was thankful he reminded me that our jobs are much more than test scores, data, and graphs (which is pretty much how my day was filled up prior to eating lunch with that student).
We must connect.
It was so nice to drive into work today and think about this. These connections aren't just a "bonus" or something we do because "we love our jobs." It truly becomes the foundation. Feeling connected, valued, and having a sense of belonging has to be in place before students can learn.
And isn't this true for teachers, too?