I was talking with a friend, and I told them, “I am concerned about my students.” He replied, “What are you concerned about?” At the time, I could not give him an answer.
After mulling it through, this is the best answer I can come up with:
I am not concerned about whether or not they will learn the curriculum. I am confident in my skills as a teacher to teach them the required curriculum. My students have amazing and supporting parents. Even if I don’t teach them, their parents will. Also, I have a great team of upper teachers who will help fill in the gaps that I may miss when teaching my students when they progress to the next grade level. What I am concerned about? Whether or not my students will learn to love what I am teaching. What I’m concerned about is whether or not my students will learn to love learning. Learn to love math. Learn to love reading. Learn to love writing. Learn to love the process of seeing themselves grow and gain mastery over whatever they set their mind to. That is what I am concerned about.