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** If you are looking for a brief but inspirational read to hep jump-start you school year, please take a minute to visit the following link for Kylene Beers's explanation of why she hated her daughter's first-grade teacher. Okay, before you get too offended, you should know that she didn't really hate her. (I don't think she did, anyway.) This article just captures a mother's struggle with releasing her young child into the big, chaotic, there-is-a-method-to-my-madness world of a first grade classroom. Considering the fact that the mother was also an educator herself, I think this is a powerfully inspirational read for all you teachers out there who are trudging through the back-to-school grind.
So kick your feet up for a minute, (I know that's all you have to spare!) and check it out here.
For those who want a sneak peak, here you go...
Though I had been a teacher for years before having Meredith, before sending her off to first grade, I had never truly understood the power of a teacher in a child’s life. We give our most precious and priceless to you – dear teachers – each year, knowing you will teach them, but also hoping you will care for them, help them discover how very much they matter, watching over them, and being there when they have been hurt by the ones who won’t let them sit at the “popular” table – and then you do just that and they fall in love with you. It shows up in different ways, as they grow older. But it’s still there, this deep affection and respect.
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Happy Thursday everyone! :)