Like some of you, I am looking forward to the upcoming school year and getting to know you. Similar to some others, I am a little nervous about what my classes will be like and how well I will do my job. For the rest, and probably majority of you, I also think summer ended too quickly. I wanted to put a letter together of the things I want you to know before we start this, sure to be, rollercoaster of a year.
We are all different. I am different from you and you are different from the person sitting next to you. Because we are all unique, we all have different needs which means that I may not treat you exactly the same as I treat other people in this class. In fact, there will be very few times when I treat any person in this room the exact same as someone else. I do this because I want what is best for you and I want you to be successful.
Please remember when I ask you to rewrite a paper or redo your math worksheet, but I don’t ask Bobby Brown to redo his, that it is not because I hate you. It is because I know you can do better. There are going to be some kids in this class who get certain things you do not get, maybe a calculator. This is because you do not need these things. There will also be times when I give you something that I don’t give to others, maybe a “cheat sheet” with the vocab word list. I do not give this to you because I think you are stupid, and I am not making the assignment or test easier for you than for everyone else, but I know that because you are you, this will help you in my class.
Before I forget, it is not your job to worry about anyone else in my class except for yourself. I will never share the conversations we have with anyone else, just like I will not disclose to you the conversations I have with others. It is not your duty to complain about the other kids in class who have their phones out or those who get to go to the nurse when you don’t. Your only task is to focus on your work and your behavior.
I will never give you an assignment you cannot do. Even when you feel overwhelmed or incapable of doing something in my class, trust that I will give you the tools you need to complete it. I will help you as much as you need, but not always as much as you want. When something feels impossible, I want you to remember that (as cheesy as it sounds) I believe in you, and as long as you try your best and your hardest, you cannot fail. And you cannot fool me – trust me, I know when you are trying your best in your hardest.
I care about you genuinely. Even when you think I don’t, or when you hate me, I will always do what I feel is best for you. I will push you and challenge you, but only because I think it will help you grow emotionally and academically. There will be days when we butt heads and disagree, but we will come out of it together, and we will both be better for it. I want to learn from you as much, if not more, as you will learn from me. I know you have a story to share and you have experienced things I have not. This makes you unique – embrace it.
So, regardless of whether we are excited, nervous, or dreading the upcoming year, we are going to face it together. We are going to respect each other and be kind to each other. We are going to work hard. We are going recognize our differences, but not judge each other. We are going to help each other. We are going to be open minded, we are going to try our best, we are going to be thankful, and we are going to crush the 2016-2017 school year.