Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

I love this talk by Rita Pierson.

Powerful. Inspiring. Relatable.

We need positive relationships with our students.

  • “Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
  • “A colleague said to me one time, ‘They don’t pay me to like the kids. They pay me to teach a lesson.’ … I said to her, ‘You know, kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’”
  • “I gave [my students] a saying to say: ‘I am somebody. I was somebody when I came. I’ll be a better somebody when I leave. I am powerful, and I am strong. I deserve the education that I get here.’”

Every kid needs a champion.

Be a champion in the lives of your students..

 

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