A SINGULAR DO AND MANY DON'TS OF CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR STUDENTS
Here's what I think so far.
- •Don't cry because you are bad at your jobI once almost wept while reading aloud a charming and goofy picture book because it was my first year and I was just so terrible at my job.
- •Don't cry because you are exhaustedThis one's tough. Sleeping more and better is my #1 tip for educators. And all humans, really, but educators take note!
- •Don't cry because your students are making you feel some type of wayMiddle schoolers are expert button pushers. Bummer, but that's developmentally appropriate. Sometimes I breathe, sometimes I laugh, sometimes I write something unkind on my clipboard and then cross it out furiously.
- •Do cry because you are movedA couple weeks ago, I cried (a little bit) in front of students for the first time and I think it was safe and okay for everyone in the room! We were watching a serious video and speaking from our hearts about state violence. Sometimes it's appropriate to feel deeply and model that for kids. That's what I think now.