Kids come and go, in and out of my office. What will the next one bring? Will there be a problem between students? Will someone be sad because of something outside of their control? Will someone just need a break? I never know what question or statement will be made.
Between a statement made by a student who was in the middle of dealing with some things, and as I was reading some of the blogs this morning, a nerve was struck. As adults we come to school day after day because it’s our job, our responsibility, our choice and our desire. As a student you are expected and required by law to attend school, and most students also have a desire to be in school.
No one knows what the others have gone through before arriving at school. No one knows the “baggage” another is bringing with them to school. If it were just that easy to leave your bags at the door, school would be so much smoother for so many. But that’s not how life works, that “baggage” comes with. There are adults that struggle with leaving what happened at home, at home. How do we expect students to do this? They’re still learning, they’re still growing, they’re still figuring out how to manage their school lives with their home lives. This is not an easy task. Students need our help. At times we need each other’s help as well.
Yes, students need our help. There are times they just need to be left alone, or maybe they need a break and/or to talk to someone, or maybe they don’t want to talk about it and just want to focus on their next class or assignment. Each student needs to be treated individually. We as educators need to be there for them. There are so many situations and possibilities to write them all out would be endless.
But what can we do as adults? Treat each student individually, and handle each situation with each student individually…That’s a starting point.