Many times I have heard people say that they made a difference by doing whatever it is that they do. I have to tell you that I thought that it was a load of hooey! After all, how could teaching someone how to play an instrument make a difference? or how could training someone to run a race change their lives. Well, I found out that anyone can indeed make a difference by doing what it is that they do well.
I say this because I have been making a difference in the lives of my students by reading to them. I love reading. It is one of my favorite past times. I have a fair amount of childrens’ books (about 600 +), so no matter what the subject matter, I usually have a book that fits the situation.
Let’s go back to the beginning. From the first day that I assumed control of my classroom, I had a plan (which I will detail bit by bit) that I intended to carry out. I began by reading books to them. I was a little nervous because my students were very unruly, (heck, some of them still are). I do not believe that some of them had ever sat still for a story. So, I knew that I had to choose a great story in order to capture, pique, and maintain their interest.
I have already written about this book a couple of times. If you’ve ever read this book or have even heard of it, then you know why I love it. It is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read in my life. In fact, I just wrote about it the other day. I bring it up again because I need to illustrate my point about making a difference. Because I piqued their interest with Thank You, Mr. Falker, they trusted my opinion on books and wanted to hear whatever it was that I brought to read to them. I rarely ever have a problem getting them to sit still for a story now.
Because I used my strengths of reading and writing, my students have now learned to love and appreciate books. They really love the Bob books. They got very excited when I told them that I purchased the second set of Bob books and that I was soon going to purchase the 3rd, 4th, & 5th sets.
I am happy that I did use what I knew to make a difference in my own way. Now when given a choice of anything, they will almost always choose a book. I am so happy that I have made a difference in their lives; even if it’s only a small difference.
Now you have to ask yourself what you have that can make a difference in the lives of your children and/or students. Now that you’ve answered the question and you know, ask yourself what you’re going to do about it.
Make a positive difference in the life of a child in whatever way you can; in your own way. And as always, here’s to continue success now and in the future.