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That first year of teaching. I am sure many of you remember it well, and some of you may have tried to forget. My daughter is currently living it. I have not written much about her lately because it has been hard.
It has been hard to see her struggle. It has been hard to see her frustrated. It has been hard to see her doubt.
Megan's third grade class is one that stretches a teacher thin, especially a new teacher. She has one particular student who is especially challenging. Megan has spent much time and energy putting interventions into place in order to help "J" function in a classroom. Megan has a special education license too, and she certainly has a heart for these students.
Megan comes from a home with two parents who love each other and love her. She comes from a home with boundaries and rules. She comes from a home that values and demands respect. She comes from a home filled with laughter and good memories.
Many of her students do not. Students like "J."
A few weeks ago, Megan came home after a trying day with "J" and said, "Mom, she just wants to be loved."
I replied, "And that is why you need to find it in your heart to love her every single day, no matter how difficult it may be."
Friday, Megan shared with me a letter written by "J."
My original post had a picture of the letter, but I have chosen to take that out. This letter was written to Megan, and I want to keep it private. But I do want to share some lines because they are reminders of why we do what we do. And I know Megan is hanging on to these precious words to help her get through this first year.
You Are the Best of All
This is why I love you.
And I never want to leave you because you care and love me.
I know I'm bad but it does not make me hate you.
Because you never give up on me and I know you never will.
You are in the middle of my heart.
This is why we teach.