I spent the week with hundreds of young writers from kindergarten to grade nine. One of the things I love about my job is that students are so eager. They don’t know me and yet many of them are willing to voice their thinking and share their writing. I am humbled by their openness, sincerity, and enthusiasm.
But you know, I think their teachers are to thank for that.
To all of you — I am grateful. Thank you for taking the time to establish a climate of trust. Thank you for honouring the individual personalities and dispositions in your classroom. Thank you for forging connections especially with those who need it most. Thank you for being stability and security in their young lives. Thank you for getting up each day ready to give of yourselves.
Teaching is hard work. I know. But don’t forget… I appreciate you and so do your students.