Yikes! Look at the hair in 6th grade. All of middle school was tough for me, actually. I wasn’t the smartest, I wasn’t the prettiest, I wasn’t the funniest and I admit I certainly wasn’t the nicest. Heaven knows I wasn’t athletic. Last one picked in gym class? Always me. Growing up in middle school, I always felt like I was just…there. Not really noticed, not really important. I was just there.
If you’re a teacher, chances are you have a student like me in your class. Not a trouble maker, so you won’t need to dedicate time watching their every move. Not a genius or a brown noser, so they won’t stand out or draw attention to themselves. There will be a kid in your classroom that will do average work, follow the rules, and won’t cause you any trouble. They’ll go unnoticed. I hope as the school year begins, you’ll take a minute to seek out that kid, I know from experience they won’t come to you. But I hope you’ll notice that kid and let them feel important, no matter what you’re teaching. They may not tell you how much it means to them now, but I can guarantee you, the rest of their life they will be grateful to you.
Fortunately for me, I had such a teacher in high school. And she changed my life forever.