Every student asks three questions about their teacher every day:
- Can I TRUST you?
- Do you BELIEVE that I can succeed?
- Do you CARE about me?
Tom Loud — Grade 1 Teacher
If you’ve never seen the TED Talks presentation from Rita Pierson (Every Kid Needs a Champion) you haven’t experienced one of the best short videos on the importance of cheering on kids. She’s an American teacher from a long line of teachers who talks passionately about showing kids that you believe in them.
It is well worth the 7 minutes.
So … go get a cup of tea or coffee and come back to enjoy this beautiful and passionate call for all educators to be loud and proud when we show our students that we believe in them:
You see … I think that being a believer in children is actually the easy part. As teachers, we’ve all entered the profession with a keen desire to make a difference in the lives of the kids we teach — making their ‘today’ better than their ‘yesterday’ and preparing them for that ‘uncertain tomorrow’.
However, I’m not sure that we always communicate that intention to our students in a way that is always accurate.
HOW we say something is WAY more important than WHAT we say
The tone of our voice, our body language, our facial expressions, the words we write on an assignment that is returned to them, the time we make for them — they all have an effect on the message received. We need to be careful HOW we show our intentions.
In terms of increasing student success, students believing in themselves is light years ahead in its importance over the subject matter they actually learn.
Course content will definitely fade over time, but the way our teachers made us feel lasts a lifetime
I encourage everyone who has contact with kids — teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, community organizations … and YES, even superintendents … to be that person who makes an indelible impression in the life of a child. Be that person who is remembered as a caring adult.
After all, who wouldn’t want to be viewed as a Champion of Kids!