When the seeds that were planted a few weeks ago started to germinate, it made me think of the students in our care everyday.
They are like these seeds that come from different plants. Although placed in the soil at the same time, they grow at different rates. But both of them have something in common. They both need love and care.
Every student that is placed in our hands come from different backgrounds, different beliefs, different environment. When they gather as a class, they share all these differences in one space.
As educators, we try to meet all their needs which are not limited in the school vicinity. We come home and still thinking of ways on how we can help and guide them to be successful individuals. The minute we open our eyes in the morning, our mind is already occupied of what we have planned for them for the day.
We have students where school is the only safe place for them. It’s where they can be with friends and leave their real life behind. It’s where they look forward to coming everyday to fill their hungry stomach for their first meal of the day. It’s where they can just sit still.
It breaks my heart every time I hear a story where a child is not doing well because of the life at home.
The reality is, we are tied with what we need to cover and accomplish. But if we take a few steps back and see that child through, it’s not the knowledge that the child is wanting to at the moment to have but is longing for a caring hand and a listening heart.