Teaching is hard. Some days I leave feeling like I completely failed my students. Sometimes I leave school exhausted and defeated. Some days I leave with a broken heart thinking about my students’ home lives. Sometimes I shed some tears because this job is challenging.
But it’s challenging in all of the greatest ways possible. Regardless of the obstacles, teaching brings endless smiles and laughter to my days. And even on the hardest most imperfect days, there’s always bright lights and perfect moments.
This morning, one of my students who has such a difficult home life came running into the classroom almost late. I greeted him and he looks at me and says, “Miss Mitchell I brought you my signature snack- toast with peanut butter and cinnamon.” He wasn’t kidding. It was WARM- like fresh out of the toaster type of warm. I thanked him and told him how excited I was to try his signature snack that he always talks about and how honored I was! He replies “That’s why I was almost late. I had to make you toast.”
So even on a day that I leave feeling like I failed, this kid genuinely cares about me too. He went out of his way this morning to add some brightness to my day too. If this isn’t proof that kids can learn kindness and love from ONE adult in their life, then I’m not sure what does. On the most challenging days, this job is beyond rewarding.
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.