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..