“I believe that children are our future, Teach them well and let them lead the way.” Whitney Houston
I love this line from Whitney Houston’s song and yes, I really do believe that children are our future. It is the teach them well and let them lead the way part that I sometimes struggle with. I love it when I see the light bulb or Ah ha moment in a student’s eyes. That moment that tells me that they figured it out. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing a student master a difficult (to them) concept.
The struggle comes when I watch that student goof off, not take their learning seriously, refuse to work up to their potential, and choose to disrupt other’s learning just because they want to screw off and don’t value their learning.
As much as I hate watching that child fritter away their education, I love it when I hear another student pipe up and tell the one goofing off to behave. When these students realize that they are not as funny as they thought to their peers, it seems like they grow up and mature faster.
So for all of you students out there, getting irritated at the class clown, don’t be afraid to give them a piece of your mind instead of it always being the teacher. Let them know that their peers DON’T find them as funny as they think. You will be helping them to grow and mature. Do it for your generation.