Dear person who teaches them next year,
Please read my words and ingest their meaning.
I don’t remember it being in my job description to make your life more easy.
I don’t remember it being my job to hand you “perfect” students.
I don’t believe I have to fix all their problems so you have none to think about.
I don’t think you should expect me to get them to be good at everything. It is not even possible.
It is not my job to get them ready for you.
Instead, perhaps you should be ready for them.
Ready to accept their differences the way I did.
Ready to deal with each individual issue as an individual issue.
Ready to help them with things they find hard.
Ready to value the things they can do well.
Ready to see them as people with needs, not just people who make things hard for you.
Ready to change your expectations, maybe even slightly?
Ready to accept their starting points as their starting points, not yours.
Ready to accept responsibility instead of pointing the finger.
That’s what I do. Year after year, that’s what I do.
Why can’t you do it too?
Teachers who focus mainly on what students cannot do are not really teachers worthy of the name.
Teachers like this are too quick to find fault and pass on the blame.
Teachers like that expect all their students to be the same.
But, they were never the same. Not this year, not last year
Or the year before, or the year before, or the year before.
How far back could we all go on passing the blame for the child who can’t spell or add?
Back to the womb?
Well, go on. Good luck to you.
It won’t help that kid sitting in front of you though. That kid that you just described to me as:
“Not able to do anything”.
Shame on you.
Teach the kid, not your curriculum.
If the kid doesn’t fit your plans, your plans should change
Not mine, not his or hers from previous years.