What Students Really Need to Hear

AFFECTIVE LIVING

It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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上善若水

解读(取自汉典):

老子说:“上善若水”,“水善利万物而不争,处众人之所恶,故几于道”。这里实际说的是做人的方法,即做人应如水,水滋润万物,但从不与万物争高下,这样的品格才最接近道。

上善若水。水善利万物而不争,处众人之所恶,故几于道。居善地,心善渊,与善仁,言善信,正善治,事善能,动善时。夫唯不争,故无忧。 —— 老子《道德经》

btw, 道家 =/= 道教.

just a random thought, and i should probably start practicing my writing, in English~