What I do has a profound effect on the students I teach and this year I get to teach the lives of more than 70 students since my teammates and I will be switching the kids up for math and reading. I know that what I choose to do with myself will be translated into action in the classroom. So kids, I promise to be there. I promise to smile and laugh because I just can’t help it. I promise to be fair.
I promise to take the time to listen to you and not jump to conclusions. I promise to make you feel safe and welcome. I promise to not punish and still reward you with time and togetherness when it fits. To let you speak and not be the sage on the stage. I promise to learn with you, from you, and not just to you.
I promise to change my mind when it makes sense and to admit when I am wrong. To get my sleep so that I am not crabby and to feel good about myself. I promise to care about you and your life outside of school, taking an interest and remembering what you tell me. I promise to keep learning at school as much as possible because you deserve time off as well.
I promise to give you my time, fully and undivided, and I promise to treat you like my children, because that is what you are 8 hours of the day – mine. I promise to treat you with respect and dignity and not dismiss you as just another id. Your voice matters as does your opinion and every year you get wiser.
I make these promises today but know they may be changed, however, my devotion to my job and to my kids will not. I have the best job in the world and no one can take that from me. I promise to make this year the best one yet.