One of the most inspiring and loving teachers at the school encouraged me with this one day:
When the bell rings, it doesn’t matter what happened in the morning at home, what’s happening with anyone else in the school or what you’re going to be doing after school….when the bell rings you are the teacher, the only teacher these children have so act like it. You are now an actor. Whether you feel like it or not, play the part of a good teacher.
Be with them.
Listen to what they’re saying.
Give them your full attention.
For the rest of the day they are all that matter.
Loving them, being kind to them and teaching them is all that matters.
It’s good advice for all of life.
When someone is in front of you, be present with them. (This just in….I’m currently semi-ignoring my husband to write this post).
As I’ve striven to put this wisdom into practice I’ve learned that this is not just good for the children, it’s really good for me!
Focusing on the present and what is going on right in front of me frees me from all the other things that worry and distract me. Anything that is vying for my attention is deliberately put on hold. I have a pass from fretting about it, at least for the time being. Focusing on them becomes a little like centering meditation.
What a gift!
Thank you to my colleague and friend who highlighted this for me. You have taught me, and changed me for the better.