As we begin a new school year, replete with wonder and excitement about its potential for us and our students, here is what I wish for you:
I wish you the faith to trust your gut and the belief that you are doing what’s right for your students.
I wish you the wisdom to trust your students to take ownership of their own learning.
I wish you the courage to defend your students, and help them learn how to stand up for their rights.
I wish you the knowledge of just how significant a role you play in helping your students have their best day ever – or their worst.
I wish you the understanding to not trivialize your students’ struggles, no matter how minor they seem.
I wish you the compassion to be a trusted colleague who others turn to for support.
I wish you the determination to break the barriers that may preclude you from having some or all parents in your class community.
I wish you the kindness to recognize the many contributions of every member of the school community, including: students, teachers, administrators, aides, therapists, custodians, lunch staff, safety officers, secretaries, guidance counselors, paras, parents, siblings, and yourself. Each group contributes something vital to the school that should not be overlooked.
I wish you the time to get to know people who project attitudes you don’t like.
I wish you a smile on your face every morning for every member of the school community you greet.
I wish you only the best as you embark on what I hope is your best year yet.
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