I believe my students can. Can understand. Can learn. Can achieve. Can beat the odds. Can surpass plateaus. Can communicate. Can reach for the stars.
And grab them.
I believe my students deserve: Deserve a chance. Deserve the presumption of competence. Deserve the benefit of the doubt. Deserve high expectations. Deserve to spend time enjoying friendships. Deserve to make mistakes. Deserve to tease and be teased. Deserve to be in their community. Deserve a bad day. And lots and lots of good ones. Deserve a life that is more that yes, no and constant assessment. Deserve a highly qualified teacher. Deserve a say. Deserve to be heard. Deserve literacy. Deserve health. Deserve joy.
I believe a difference can be made. Through kindness. Through connection. Through dedication. Through research and scholarship. Through constant re-dedication to quality teaching. Through entering that classroom every day and teaching like lives depend on it. Because they do.