It has been an interesting 3 weeks to say the least. As I continue my journey as a teacher at the Montessori school, I have surprisingly found my own identity. Who knew? Back in May this journey began with my own self-doubt that I was right for the job. I wasn’t really sure that moving to middle school was the right path for me. I pondered it, prayed about it and tried to come up with excuses why this wasn’t right for myself and my family. Yet, in the back of my mind, somewhere deep down in my heart, I knew this was the right path. And so the journey began.
My first week in class, I felt overwhelmed. Here sat just over 40 of us on this same journey. We all had the same goal, yet we were so different. The first week was filled with late night readings and early morning coffee. It felt good, but it was exhausting. To my surprise that first week, I found that each of us carried such different baggage with us on this journey. When we combined all of our baggage together, it made a beautiful collage. Interesting because isn’t this what we want to have happen in our classrooms?
We have all these beautiful children who walk into our classrooms, all carrying their own baggage. Yet when we accept that baggage for what it is and combine them all together, they make a beautiful team of adolescents. As educators we need to see this beauty for what it is: possibilities.
Who knew that when I started this journey just 3 weeks ago that I would form such beautiful friendships with these 40 plus people? Who knew that I would find myself calling them family? Who knew that I would learn to love and accept people where they are and not try to mold them into where I want them to be?
It is an amazing lesson to learn. We are all on a journey together. It is the cosmic education of life. It is a lesson in human dignity. As I begin my classes next fall with 17 adolescents, I hope to keep that in mind. Not only will I be teaching them, but I hope to learn from them. They deserve my acceptance and respect because teens are people too. When we treat them that way, the results are powerful.