Thank you to Holly for the amazing topics each week!
This week was MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
I've been struggling with some petty issues the past few days. I've also been struggling with my own feelings of self worth...so the topic of MAKING A DIFFERENCE was challenging to say the least. Those nasty voices in my head convinced me that I had nothing to add. It made me so sad. I felt so defeated...and then I came to school today and all of that changed.
We are reading Linda Sue Park's book A Long Walk to Water in class. If you haven't read this book, please STOP reading this blog immediately and RUN out to get it. Read it. I'll be here. I'll wait. Go ahead!
We talked about how hard it is to KNOW that these bad things happen. One of my students said, "I feel so bad. It's scary to know this happened and that it's real." Another student said, "If this book was fiction, this part wouldn't be hard to read at all...but these are real people. REAL PEOPLE." Yes they are!
I look into these faces and I see the difference. They will make a difference. I feel honored to be part of their lives and to witness their growth. Do I make a difference? Yup. I do. I'm grateful for the opportunity to do this job and allow these students to see their own potential. It's their chance to make a difference. How will they change the world?