No not even one

I have written many many blog articles about teaching and learning, and believing in my students. What continually draws me to a student, and keeps me going? I will tell you. It is the chance to launch them. My favorite movies have involved teachers that help their students. “To Sir With Love”, “To Sir With Love II”, “The Marva Collins Story”, “Dangerous Minds”, “Stand and Deliver”, Music of the Heart”, “Lean on Me”, and others in a similar vein. The thing they have in common is that their students are wounded. Wounded by life, past teachers, other students, or their own failures. What else do they have in common? The joy the students experience when they learn how much they are really capable of…they reach a point where they are compelled to strive.

What do I love? Oh, my—what I love more than anything is helping them heal from the past heartbreak or sorrow. Empowering them. I tell every one of my students, you are going to be fine, you are going to succeed. I won’t accept that they “stink at this subject”, “stink at test-taking”, “stink at school”.

I love to show them how absolutely MARVELOUS they really are. I think back on my own academic life. I was extraordinarily blessed by a fabulous combination of teachers. Some were warm and supportive. Some would holler and be sarcastic (like a coach would); but sometimes I even sought out those types of teachers. That was me.

Many of my students have been emotionally traumatized by the whole process. They need a tutor-coach who believes in them and sees their real gifts that have been marred by non-success. It is really a calling to be able to help them see themselves differently and learn new skills, strategies and styles.

Have I currently figured out the best way to reach every single one of my students? I have to say there are a few where I need to do even better. However, I do know that I believe in my students–and I am always trying to come up with new ways for the occasional student or two of mine that is resisting. Why? I keep going, and keep on doing it because I am determined that “not one will be lost” (no, not even one).

Now, I firmly believe that you, too are following your calling. How do you ensure that you let yourself offer your gifts to those you help? What challenges do you face? Each of us is part of an amazing interconnected puzzle. We bridge ourselves together in the most fascinating ways. We can learn from each other even if our tasks or professions or our daily lives are vastly different. What does “no, not even one” translate into in your life?

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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13 Responses to No not even one

  1. Ray's Mom says:

    Enjoy your blog posts. Thank you for teaching our next generation with loving care. What a marvelous example you offer.

    God bless.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Gosh thank you so much. It is fun that you put it that way. My aunts, uncles, grandparents, and parents always told me to be a good example. How heart warming to know that it may be true.
      thanks.

  2. diggingher says:

    Kate,
    Not even one means not being afraid to reach out to the unloved, the unnatural and the sometimes unkind. All too often judgment jumps in to prohibit love from being demonstrated. We must be in a place of constant surrender to show the world His mercy and love.
    Thanks for yet another thought provoking post. I really appreciate your insights.
    Paige

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Oooh a place of constant surrender. Boy do I LOVE that. thanks so much Paige. WOW…constant surrender. We truly are called to that. It is a lifelong clarion call, Paige!

  3. dogear6 says:

    Kate – you might not be able to reach every student, but there will be many who you will influence even if you don’t see it for years. Don’t worry about the ones who don’t respond. . . just keep trying anyhow. If my husband had had teachers who cared more about him, it would have been much easier for him as an adult to love himself and see his value in the world. Instead, the education system became part of the cycle of abuse my mother-in-law heaped on all those kids.

    Nancy

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Oh Nancy, it is my fervent hope that my thoughts, words, strategies, and actions will provide a counterweight, a balance, a salve, for the discouraged and wounded. I pray, too, that through your loving care he will find it easier and easier to see that he need not drag the bullies of the past into his future. Love you, my friend.

  4. reneeboomer says:

    Enjoy all your posts Kate. I wish you had been my teacher! hugs. Renee 🙂

  5. To Sir With Love…..Love that movie!!!! Love the soundtrack even more. This is a fabulous and inspiring post. Your students are very lucky to have such an insightful and compassionate teacher. Keep on going.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      oh i adore that movie, too….and the soundtrack….sigh….remember the scene in the end when he stands up and tears his engineering job offer in half? You know that he is going to continue to be a game changer in kids’ lives. I will do my best to be a glimmer of the lighthouse that Sir was.

  6. Beautifully shared, Kate. I don’t have to look very far to find those who need compassion and love, with support against so many hard knocks. I have friends with a lifetime’s worth of pain that accumulated without relief, many because they didn’t have someone like you to come along at the points in their young lives when a kind a loving tutor/teacher could have changed their trajectory! Blessings on you today, my friend.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Pain that accumulated without relief; how heartbreaking for them. Yet, what a balm you must be to them. So hard to heal from unrelenting pain. I cannot even begin to imagine what that would be like. I am grateful that God sends me students that i have, for the most part, been able to reach and help.

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