Today we had parent teacher conferences at our preschool. One parent shared with us that her son plays an imagination game at home with his brother where they pretend to be two of the older boys at the school. None of the teachers had heard that this student played this game, and we laughed at the absurdity of it. Our school is for 3-5 year olds, and I realized that for this three year old, those two five year old boys really must seem like pretty cool cats.
I know that the students go home and talk about their teachers too. One of the things that I love most about teaching is that you are a role model, for the good and the bad. We all have flaws and personality quirks, so it’s embarrassing when students pick up on those, however we have the incredible choice to act with kindness and grace and humility everyday and to show how it can be done. It is so important to model these behaviors for children, however it’s another great example of how working with children is essentially working with people: as adults we make choices about how we act everyday too, and we influence other adults (and children, and teenagers) and show each other how it can be done.
PS, This is day 2 of my personal challenge to blog every day for 30 days! My sister is on her own 30 day challenge, so I’m joining her.