My Heart Sings (Part 2)

A few days ago, I posted a blog titled, My Heart Hurts. Even though everything I discussed in that post is true, there is another side that needs to be considered as well. People think being a teacher means teaching curriculum, giving assignments, and having summers off. This is as far from the truth as you can get. Along with teaching content and helping my students in their learning, many of my days are spent helping students traverse the mental and emotional struggles they are going through; most of which are brought on by factors beyond their control. And yes, it does hurt knowing some of the situations my students live in and knowing there is nothing I can do about it. However, there is also a bright side that should never be forgotten. What follows are reasons for why my heart sings amid the trials and struggles of being a teacher.

My heart sings knowing some of my students are going home to get a good night sleep.

My heart sings knowing that some of my students find home to be a safe place.

My heart sings knowing some of my students are cared for and supported outside of my classroom.

My heart sings because some of my students don’t have to worry where their next meal is coming from.

My heart sings knowing some of my students go home to a loving, supportive house everyday.

My heart sings because some of my students don’t have to worry about living one day to the next and can put their full attention on their learning.

My heart sings knowing some of my students have strong positive role models in their life.

My heart sings because some of my students have a firm foundation in which they can build on.

My heart sings knowing that I don’t have to worry about some of my students and their livelihood. 

My heart sings knowing that some of my students will choose to do what is right because of the people in their life. 

My heart sings knowing that there are parents who fully support their child in their learning.

My heart sings knowing that students find my classroom safe and comforting.

My heart sings watching students who might struggle academically have “Aha” moments and gain self confidence.

My heart sings knowing that I get to spend five days a week hanging out with some of the greatest human beings.

My heart sings because even though some days are hard in the classroom, the good times definitely outweigh the bad times.

My heart sings knowing that many of my students are leaving my classroom better versions of themselves.

My heart sings because I have the opportunity to teach amazing students.

My heart sings knowing that I get to encourage my students everyday.

My heart sings when I get to have fun with my students and watch them smile and laugh.

My heart sings watching my students learn how to navigate their learning but find confidence as they go.

My heart sings knowing I get to spend my days with incredible students and have the opportunity to speak truth into their life.

My heart sings knowing that I am not alone in helping my students become better at this thing called life.

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