It is that time of the year. I hear teachers talk about getting their classrooms ready. I hear parents thinking about getting supplies. I even see the school supply lists at the entrance to stores. This past weekend was tax free weekend in SC!
I miss the beginning of school and always loved it better than the end of the year. Everyone is usually full of energy and full of hope. Many students will get a chance to turn over a new leaf and start fresh.
Teachers have great hopes for a fabulous year. They are full of new ideas, strategies, and energy to face any challenge sent their way. This is the year that they will have the best classes with the best students who want to learn. This is the year that they will have all the materials and equipment they need on hand to teach what they need to teach. This is the year that all of the students will complete their homework on time. This is the year that all of the students will think their teacher is brilliant and want to learn more!
Parents have great hopes for their children this year. This may be the year that they have a great teacher who will encourage and challenge their child. This is the year that their child will thoroughly enjoy being in school and want more! This may be the year that their child excels in sports on the school team! This is the year that their child does not have any discipline referrals!
Students have great hopes for themselves this year. This is the year that they will be able to do harder work without being frustrated. This is the year that they will do well on tests. This is the year that teachers will like them. This is the year that their friends will like them and want to spend time with them. This is the year that they will be able to do all the things they want to do without struggling.
I love all these hopeful feelings but it saddens me how quickly hope dies.
I challenge you to make this the year of hope. Don’t let it die. Hang on to those feelings of hope and help others do the same. If you see someone else, whether it is a teacher, parent, or student, then try to boost them up and hang on to their hopes. If everyone tried this, maybe the hope wouldn’t die.
What do you think? Please share.