One of the resource teachers in our building was delivering Daily 5 and CAFE books to teachers on Friday morning. As she made a few teachers' dreams come true (they had been patiently waiting for their own copy of these books), she was likened unto Oprah and we all had a good chuckle. I made the comment to a friend, "Wouldn't it be great to have so much that you could give stuff away like Oprah?" The response I got..."You're little ___'s Oprah every day." That comment really made me think. Rather than focusing on the things we wish we could give our students, why not focus on what we can give them? Love and listening are two things that many children could use more of.
Because we are teachers, we often have a full agenda of things we have to say and teach throughout the day. We need to be careful to really listen to our students when they speak to us. We need to listen not only to their words, but to their actions as well. Our students tell us, and often times show us, what they need every day. It's up to us to meet their most basic needs first before academic learning can take place. Download the verse of the week, James 1:19, and remember to be an attentive and patient listener this week.