But have you ever thought that your day is sometimes determined before the students even walk into the room?
Having 15, 20, 25 students in a room can be challenging enough ... because of the different dynamics that each bring to the classroom... so you know right away sometimes when one of those children (or more) walks in and there's something that's just not right.
It could be anything. Fighting with a sibling, being bullied on the bus, fighting parents, illness of a loved one... the list goes on and on.
What if it's you, though? What if something's going on in your life?
Recently, we lost our dog ... Sojourn Alexandria. She was such a great dog for over 14 years. This golden retriever was one of the best pets that we could have had for the birth of our 4 kids. She let them ride her. She let them poke at her. She let them pretty much do whatever... and we all loved her.
So, two months ago, when she was near the end, it was very tough for me to go into school each day knowing what was going to happen. However, I put a smile on, and was there for the kids each day, knowing what was about to happen... and it was really tough each day that last week of her life.
After we put her down, I simply talked to the students about what was going on in my life. I felt that it was important to let them know that I'm human, too.
They were great... they even made me a card and all signed it.
The title: "Sorry for your lost."
How can you not smile at that?
You just never know what's going on, so always try to keep a smile on, through the good times and the "not so good" times.
I know it's tough, but they're watching...