When preparing to be a teacher, you never really think about all of the roles you will play once you become an educator. However, once you have your own classroom with your own students you realize how many new roles you take on each day. You're a teacher. But you're also a mediator, counselor, assessor, developer, event planner, bookkeeper, first aid giver. And in the most rewarding cases, you get to play the role of mom for your kids.
I have experienced this many times in my classroom and with my students. I provide food for students who are hungry. I make sure students have school supplies from a simple pencil box, to notebooks, coloring utensils, headphones, backpacks, and anything in between. I help students get their homework done if they don't have an adult at home to help them. I give students materials and resources to use at home. I make sure they have appropriate clothing like a winter coat for when the weather gets cold. I help them get their clothes washed when they don't have the access to it at home and are forced to wear dirty clothes to school. And most recently, I help a child learn how to fill out valentines to give to his classmates because he has never been given the opportunity to participate in something like this.
It is heartbreaking hearing the struggles our kids go through at such a young age. No kid should have to face challenges and obstacles that they deal with daily. However, as a teacher you have the opportunity to change their perspective on things. You have the power to be that one positive adult in their lives that just might get them through the most difficult challenges they have faced yet. Teaching is so much more than just teaching content or standards. It is helping students become who they are supposed to be in life so that they can overcome the situations that they might not have control over.
Hi! My name is Mikaela, and I am currently in my second year of teaching second grade. I am working at a Title I school with a diverse population of learners.