Another blog post so soon. I know. Crazy.
So one of my students asked me today why I have been in such a bad mood lately. And why I have been so mean. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to give an honest to god put it all out there answer.
I have been in a bad mood and I have been mean because I want more for my kids than they want for themselves. All I want is for them to want more. I want them not to settle for being mediocre. I want them to walk into the principal’s office and complain every time a teacher chooses to waste valuable class time over and over again because they are just waiting for 3:15. I want their actions to reflect some sort of ambition. I want them to appreciate the teachers who have expectations for them instead of rebelling. I want them to actively choose to have a better future than the one they are on track for right now.
So THAT is why I have been so mean recently. I want them to want everything for themselves that I want for them. I want them to change their lives.
With that in mind, I have a favor to ask from every person who reads this blog, whether or not I know you. If you are so inclined, take 5 to 10 minutes and write a paragraph about why you chose to work hard in high school. Or if you didn’t work hard in high school, why you worked hard in college. Or if you never worked hard until you got out of school, why you wish you had. I plan to present these to my students, one at a time. Even if it makes a difference to ONE kid, you will have changed a life.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance for helping make my classroom a better place!