Happy Friday, y'all!
I'm sitting in my classroom as I type this post. Yes, at 5:30 on a Friday. I feel like this is the first time I've been able to sit down and really concentrate on work the entire week. My "To Do" list is a mile long, and I'm still overwhelmed by the procedural and paperwork things I need to have in place. I plan on spending a lot of time at school tomorrow catching up on everything and getting myself organized.
The good news, though, is that it does, indeed, get better. To say I have some tough kids would be a gross understatement, but I also have some really great students that genuinely want to learn. They're not oblivious to the world around them. They know they're behind in their education, and I have some students who are very serious about their goals to catch up.
The public high schools here are atrocious. I wouldn't want to send my child to any of them. The best shot my students have at a future is to get into the few charter schools that exist. Most of them will need some sort of scholarship to afford tuition. And all of them need to improve academically to meet admission requirements.
The great news is that most of my students are not yet defeated by their circumstances They still dream big. I have classrooms full of children who want to become doctors, lawyers, presidents, professional athletes... they have dreams! This is oh so important for this demographic because too many children in their situations have had their dreams stifled. I want them to dream big. I need for them to dream big. It's the only motivation we have for their continued education.
I've gotten to know my students well enough that I can see the good in pretty much all of them. Children are not bad. They make bad choices. And often because they haven't been taught how to make the right ones.
We have so far to go... but I have hope that we will get there.