A couple of weeks ago, one of my pastors preached a sermon that resonated with me in multiple ways.
The theme was “A Kid’s Place.” The gist was that church should be a place that welcomes children.
As the pastor made his key points, I took notes. It was clear to me that these were lessons that every teacher should adopt for the classroom.
I’m considering making a poster for my classroom with the key points, tailored to education. It would look something like this (imagine a pretty border and graphics):
This room is a place where…
- You belong
- You believe
- You become
Too many of the babies I teach (even though they are teenagers, they are still my babies) come from environments where they are one more mouth to feed (if they are fed at all), they don’t have anyone there to build their confidence and dare them to dream…so they become what they see the adults around them becoming…dependent on society or addiction to make it through life.
My students know that I am strict. It doesn’t take them long to figure this out, let me tell you. By the end of the year, though, I think (and pray) that they feel as though my room is a place where every single thing…every book…every lesson plan…every word I speak…is geared toward their success.
I pray that they feel as though they belong, no matter what their background…that they believe that they can set goals and achieve them…that they can rise above their circumstances to become anything they want to.