Teaching Students to Hope for the Best
By Mary Ellen Flannery, quoting Rick Miller
"Teachers can control the hope. As teachers we can control whether we believe in them, whether we have their back, and whether we can help them plan for the future.
Kids do better when they’re surrounded by adults who believe in them; kids do better when they have meaningful and sustainable relationships with adults; and kids do better when they can articulate their futures. That is hopefulness.
Just like reading and math, hope is something that students need to practice—and adults need to teach. The more hope students have, the happier and healthier they are, the more they persist in academic lessons, and the likelier they are to graduate.”
Keep up the great work teachers! You foster hope!