The beginning of a new school year is loaded with potential for teachers as well as students: hope that we will be our best person and our best teacher, goals for what we want to do and what we don't want to do, dreams of connecting with each and every student in a meaningful and memorable way.
Realistically, we know that our hopes, dreams, and goals won't always be met, no matter how hard we try. Experience tells us that students sometimes bring in more challenges than we can successfully solve despite the love, care, attention, and hard work that we bring to the table.
While we love all of our students, the ones with those special, heart-wrenching needs can occupy a spot in our hearts for as long as do those who are super-successful.
I was given this poem at church many years ago. It touches me (let that read: reduces me to tears) every time I read it. It reminds me that our best efforts are soonest realized through faith and prayer. Read it and pass it along if you'd like. We're all in this together.
A Prayer For Children