A friend of mine is a teacher in America. She’s been teaching a long time. As she was thinking about the start of the new year she posted this…
The climate of education has changed a lot since I started teaching sixteen years ago, but do you know what hasn’t changed? Kids. Despite what some will tell you, “kids these days”, at their core, are the same as they have always been: they are funny, they are figuring things out, they want to please, and they desperately want to know that someone sees them.
I’ll say a bit of that again.
They are figuring things out, they want to please, and they desperately want to know that someone sees them.
I strikes me that this applies to just about everyone I know.
Sure. You could probably name a couple of people who don’t “want to please” anyone at all and maybe even revel in being awkward. But I’d bet that they are figuring things out (really) and are desperate to know that someone sees them.
Most people get a lift when they feel noticed for doing things well.
Keep an eye on your colleagues. Catch them doing something right. Thank them for it.