What Students Really Need to Hear

Chase Mielke

It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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2 responses to “What Students Really Need to Hear”

  1. I love this. I think of my “kids” present and past all the time. I think of the student I wrote a recommendation for who won a scholarship to a private high school & is now in her first year at Yale. Every September, I think of the fifth graders I was teaching when 9/11 happened & I wonder where they are & what they’re doing, I think of my current students frequently. I wonder what’s going on behind that tough exterior.

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