My philosophy: I believe in educating the whole child. I want to discuss what I mean by educating the whole child. When I assume responsibility for a student, I wear many hats. I take on the role of teacher, second mother, counselor, nurse, & a whole host of other jobs. I work on their social, emotional, & physical well-being. I make sure they: bring back their homework, do their class work, understand important concepts, get along with other students, eat, work on bad habits, etc. I’m sure there’s more, but that’s all I can think of for now.
I say/write all that to say that I put in a lot of work with my students. Students don’t leave my class the same way they came. I say that with all humility. They change for the better. I’m sure there are many teachers, also, that can say the same. That is why, I know it is not unreasonable to expect my students to behave, complete class work and homework, treat others fairly & do their best.
I’m writing today because of my student who stole from another. I have been working with him since September. I feel like I failed in some way. I always feel like this when something like this happens.I just feel that all of the religious concepts he’s been taught in my class & in CCD that he would show a little remorse for what he’s done. He has shown none. I feel like the small punishment I gave him (taking all his money & not letting him buy from the classroom store) isn’t enough. I feel he’s just going to do it again.
So I ask the questions again. Am I asking for too much? Should I expect them to do their class work? Their homework? Should I expect them to be better people? Should I feel this disappointed when they don’t? Am I asking for too much???
I know only I can answer the question that I’m asking, but I’m asking anyway. Am I asking too much of my student? I’ve been asking myself that question a lot lately. Am I so overworked because I’m asking too much of my students???
My answer: No, I am not!