“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”
Last summer a colleague left our school. An amazing educator who cared deeply for our students-who worked countless hours to build a program of integrity – that challenged and prepared our students for life beyond the classroom. They left, not to go to administration, not to move up the pay scale, not to move to a bigger or even ‘better’ school district. In my opinion, they left because they no longer felt valued.
I’m happy they found a place where they feel needed, challenged to grow and create as an educator. They found a place they feel valued. A place to be innovative. A place with a vision.
Its heartbreaking to me that people actually don’t look forward to going to their job on a daily basis. Its heartbreaking to know people are actively looking to move on… from a place you love. Their reason…because they don’t feel valued.
Punch the time clock, go home.
No joy, at all.
And its not fair because our children deserve more.
New and old teachers sometimes struggle. They sometimes need help. They always need feedback. They sometimes need guidance. They always need to know someone cares. They always need to feel valued.
In the classroom, when a student knows you care – that you value them as a person, as a learner, as a thinker…they’ll go to the ends of the earth, literally. You can push and challenge and they’re willing to take the next step, braving the possibility of failure because they know you’re the safety net – who will help them gain confidence to try again, should they fail.
When they know you care, they’ll work harder than you ever expected.
When they know you care, they’ll put in the long hours to achieve their best.
When they know you care, they don’t mind going the extra mile, digging in to do the tough stuff.
When they know you care, they feel valued.
They’re inspired. They become innovative thinkers. They create a vision of their future.
When they don’t feel valued, they check-out mentally.
When they don’t feel valued, they leave.
We lose talent.
We lose creativity.
We lose innovation.
Teachers who care… they don’t go the extra mile for a pat on the back.
But when they feel valued, they don’t leave.