It is common knowledge to us that high school students really do try their very best to present themselves as the tougher and stronger versions of themselves, but deep inside, these students are still kids trying to explore how they can truly bring out who they really are and how to present it to everyone else.
Magic Johnson: "All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.”
While it may be easy to teach these kids the basic ABCs and 123s they need to learn, teaching good behavior is a whole different story. Coming from different kinds of families, a lot of factors need to be considered such as race, financial status, political views, etc. But the best thing about these students is that, like everyone else, they are innately good persons with a lot of potentials of being servant leaders.
My students may come from financially disadvantaged families, but they have proven that their personalities are as rich as their willingness to grow holistically.
While it may be true that high school students might need a little less attention compared to grade-schoolers, what we should not forget is that these are still kids who are in their formative days trying to improve themselves in all the ways that they can. And every single act they do in school is a chance that we wish to maximize and turn into a learning opportunity.
“The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets by it but what he becomes by it.”—John Ruskin.
Please let us help in rewarding and recognizing the small acts of kindness the students demonstrate in our everyday interactions in such a way that these acts will be validated and help them be formed as good-hearted citizens and human beings.
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