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Do you have those enthusiastic students who arrive to class with a smile and an enthusiasm to match? No matter how my day is going, these students make it even better!

We are all into arriving to class on time, completing the Do Now, the Whole Group lesson, the READ 180 routines, choosing books that we enjoy, and working to our fullest potential. And there are some students that take it to the next level! These students are slowly changing the mindset of their classmates. Throughout the class period, one can witness the changing attitude of students and the positive personalities that are blooming. Students that haven't been motivated to come to class and get started before the bell rings watch these certain students and begin to emulate their actions.

One student who is driven to be his best every moment of the class period is turning his classmates into mature ladies and gentlemen. His mannerisms, participation, and body language tell it all to his classmates. The students have started gravitating toward him. The past two weeks, students chose where they wanted to start, and many wanted to join this young man's group. Students have started challenging themselves on eReads, volunteering to read aloud, sitting up a little bit taller and straighter in class, because they have a peer challenging them to be their best. The greatest part to this story is the student I am describing has no idea the effect he has on his classmates!

Another remarkable student starts the class period with a greeting. It puts a smile on my face because she beats me to the salutation every single day! Again, the work ethic this student holds is second to none. Can you imagine giving an assignment on Monday stating that it's not due till Friday, and the student has it completed on Tuesday! She does! Wherever this student starts her rotation, there are five other students scrambling to join her! 

My students want me to see them as individuals, and that’s what I try to do each day. Students share their hopes and dreams with me, and I in turn share my hopes and dreams I have for them. 

I shared with one student recently. I told him that I could see him as a dad. I could see him carrying one child on his shoulders and holding the other child's hand as they walk to a park to play. When I was telling him this, I got teary eyed. Ever since that day, he has worked harder in class. 

Another student said he didn't have any dreams, but I in turn shared my hopes and dreams I had for him. At the end of class he came up to me and said he would like to be an assistant principal! Since then, I set it up with an assistant principal that the student could shadow the AP during our class period. This student has become a leader in class. He holds students accountable for their actions. If a student is misbehaving or not being their best, he calls them out and the students' behavior noticeably changes for the better. Every teacher benefits with a student like this!

One student has said she might be interested in becoming a lawyer. I shared that I could visualize her going off to the courthouse wearing a suit, carrying an attaché case, and a smile on her face. She is articulate and well spoken. When she speaks in English or in Spanish, students listen. She has a presence that garners attention. 

Share your hopes and dreams with your students verbally or in a personal letter at the end of the school year. Let them see you value them as an individual. As I tell my students, I think of them as my own children. I want the best for them, and I will think of them forever! Let your students know they are loved, and that they have made a difference in your life!

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Stage C READ 180 Educator
Houston

Philosophy of Teaching All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.

2 Comments
  • Thank you Tashena!

    tvickers

    This is so sweet Andrea! And YES! I appreciate my enthusiastic students so much. I can talk until I am blue in the face and model something repeatedly, but some students would never "get it" unless they saw their classmate next to them doing it. I love that you have your students looking forward to their future careers and encourage them to start stepping into those roles now.