We Grow Together

Relationships are often quite complicated. Whether it be between parent and child, lovers, partners, co-workers, friends – there are usually complications. This is just a part of life. This is a part of the growing process. As difficult as relationships can be, they are beautiful when the result is growth for all parties involved.

As a teacher, there are few things in life more amazing than watching my students succeed. They constantly amaze me. Each student learns in a different way. They each need different kinds of attention and help. I love teaching. I love my students. They don’t have a perfect teacher in this lady, but I hope they can sense that they are loved.

There is much wonder in watching students grow and learn. I believe the two go hand in hand, growth and learning. As they learn more about themselves and life, they tend to do a bit of growing. Interestingly enough, as I teach them, they are constantly teaching me. They have been excellent help in my learning the language and the culture. More importantly, they teach me about life, love, people, teaching, learning, and myself. They teach the importance of determination and hard work. They teach me that the human mind is perplexing. Many of my students speak multiple languages before they even desire to add English to their repertoire.They seem to have no problem adding another language in with the others.

Finally, one of the best and most recurring lessons is that people are all the same. No matter where a person is born, how they are raised, what kind of life they live, or their personality type, we are all the same. We have the same basic needs. Everyone needs to be loved, valued, cherished, respected, accepted, praised, and wanted. That doesn’t change from country to country or culture to culture. Though the ways of expressing these things change somewhat, the needs are the same. My students may not always understand the words I use for praise, but they understand the facial expression, look in the eyes, the tone of voice, and the smile on my face. They understand.

Everything in me hopes they know that I love them, not in a creepy way of course. It is a strange phenomenon. When a person becomes my student, they automatically become brilliant, amazing, and wonderful. They have no need to earn approval or acceptance. They receive it just by existing. Sometimes I like to imagine what their futures hold. Right now one of my students is living in Dubai and speaking the language I taught him. He has so much potential. I can’t help but wonder where he will take himself in life. Another student is a sixteen year old girl. She wants to be a doctor. She has the most thorough understanding of the importance of education and the drive to educate herself. She can go far in life. I get to have a small part in that. I am so proud of each of the students. Just wanted to share. Thanks for reading. Cheers!


4 thoughts on “We Grow Together

  1. Do you know the picture book, Whoever You Are, by Mem Fox? It expresses your sentiments, how we are all the same (blood is the same, tears are the same, and smiles are the same…). I used to read it to my 5th and 6th grade students on the first day of school and the last day of school. A beloved book.


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