What Students Really Need to Hear

I realize I’m not in a school every single day anymore. However, I am still a school psychologist. So much emphasis is put on grades and test scores that kids are truly missing the purpose of what school is preparing them for. This article is so very true. Our kids don’t truly know their worth until they’ve developed the resiliency to overcome. There are many more difficult situations to come in life, and we are not preparing them at the time in their lives when they need to learn this the most.

AFFECTIVE LIVING

It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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