You don’t get to teach the kids you prefer to teach.
You don’t get to pick the ones who meet your ideal.
That isn’t who you were hired to serve.
You were hired to serve the kids who walk through your door each day.
Want to help them?
Watch them. Listen to them. Think about them. Create for them. Let them create for you and for others.
Teach them, and quit comparing them to the mythological students in your head. You know….the ones who don’t scare you or disrespect you or make you feel like a complete failure sometimes (or even most of the time).
They aren’t going to be like the kids certain professors may have promised you (and that might be a good thing).
They are their own, and you deserve to get to know them so you can teach them.
Now that I’ve spent nearly two decades listening to way too many teachers tell me that their students lack background knowledge–that in fact, some of them have NONE, (None! Do you seriously believe this?) I just have to ask…what background knowledge might you missing about your students? And what are you doing to fill that void?
They know more than you think they do.
They can teach you the things you might be missing.
They can build your background knowledge.