They're ALL Incredible...

Okay, so maybe I should say, ALMOST all of them are incredible.

The kids who work their hardest, do their homework, pay attention, study, and participate, are incredible. They are the future of our workforce, and when they are conscientious, I feel hopeful for the future.

Incredible kids.

The kids who keep at it, despite their limitations and disabilities, are incredible. Like the class of kids I had who decided on their own, that they would take on the mission of writing a class newspaper, and selling it for 25 cents to raise money for a local animal shelter. Was it the highest quality paper? Well, it included fake classified ads, lovingly written by one of my most challenged students. Need I say more about the quality?

But that was beside the point. Every single quarter they collected was earned through hard work, and MANY rewrites. I was never more proud.

Incredible kids.

The class that helped do their little part in trying to change our state's bullying laws was incredible. They were so moved by Ryan's Story, a presentation by Mr. John Halligan about the suicide of his son Ryan, that they wrote letters to legislators about the inadequate "laws" that were in place at the time. One senator took notice, and complimented the argumentative letters, thinking they were written by high school students! ( Boy did those kids work HARD on revising!) Soon afterward, the laws were improved.

Incredible kids.

The kids in my advisory, who work hard every day, making trinkets to sell so they can raise money for a local children's charity, are incredible. They could be spending their time chatting, but they want to make a difference for other kids.

Incredible kids.

The kids who are kind and encouraging to shy, introverted kids, or the ones others just label "odd," are incredible. Almost every time I see my "ambassadors" making an effort to be welcoming to those who are tough nuts to crack, I want to weep with pride.

Incredible kids.

The kids who are upstanders are incredible. Those who have the moral fortitude to stand up for anyone who is being attacked for being different in some way- any way- amaze me. I wish I had been as bold and courageous when I was in middle school.

Incredible kids.

Watch carefully. Look for something special about each child. Even if you have to dig deeper than you thought possible. Every child is someone's whole world. So every parent has instilled and nurtured at least one beautiful quality in their child.

Be that teacher who sees it. Be that teacher who waters that seed of potential.

If you do, you will see that they are all... incredible kids.


2 comments

  1. Incredible kids - that's exactly why teachers stay in the profession! It sure isn't for the money!

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  2. I love your stories of the awesome things kids have done - that's what keeps me teaching. I wish I could find a way to inspire all of them to be those kinds of kids!

    -Lisa
    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

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