My friend Zac:
That’s the opportunity each of us who has the privilege to working with children has each day. We get to change expectations by raising expectations. We get to throw joy where anger or apathy is expected. We get to be kind.
We have the exceptional challenge every day of being better versions of ourselves every day than our students expect us to be.
It really is a gift to get to challenge the expectations of students and grownups towards what we could be, instead of what we often become in spite of ourselves. Don’t forget. You can do that in each and every interaction in your day. There’s absolutely no reason not to.
And it’s not just those of us who work with children who have the obligation to try to raise expectations and bring some joy along into places where that other stuff is too frequently given instead.
That’s all our jobs.
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