An Open Letter To My Students

Dear students,

You are amazing.  I really mean it.  There is no one else like you, and that’s a wonderful thing.  I want to see you be the best you, you can be.  I know it sounds corny, but it’s true.

What I want to do as a teacher is help you reach your potential, but that won’t just happen, you need to work at it, and I’m here to help.  Things that are easy, were once hard.  We have to persevere and push ourselves and learn new things.  Knowing stuff doesn’t just happen, you have to make it happen.  You won’t wake up one day, be an adult and automatically know things.  You need to put in the effort now, so that later you have the knowledge and skills to be successful.

Everyone is good at something.  Let me help you find out what that is, and together we can work out how to bring out the best in you.  Sometimes this means trying things that are hard, or things that you don’t like.  Sometimes it’s important to do things you don’t like, because they can also teach you.

Even skills that you think you won’t use are important to develop.  You have no idea what the future will hold, so don’t rule anything out, otherwise you may just create more work for yourself in the long run.  Unfortunately not everything in life can always be fun, so sometimes we need to learn to persevere through the things that aren’t so fun.  Perseverance and resilience are vital skills to develop.

Don’t ever be lazy, this is what will hold you back.  Put in your best effort.  That doesn’t mean you have to work yourself to the bone, but it does mean that you need to do your best.

It’s also important to learn the skill of learning.  Learning how to learn is vital in this ever-changing world.  You need to know how to teach yourself things in the future when no one is there to help you.  Use your own ingenuity, learn to think for yourself, and not rely on everyone around you.  I can’t stress enough how important this is; think for yourself.  Your ability to problem solve and be resourceful is what will help you be successful in anything you do.  Sit down, take time and work out what information is available to you, then you can work on finding a solution to any situation.  You may not always succeed, but it’s important that you try.  Failure is ok.  Don’t worry about making mistakes, worry if you stop trying.  Failing is a normal part of life, it just means you have to try again.  Giving up is true failure.

Learn to love learning.  The world is fascinating and life is amazing.  Learning about the world is incredible!  There are endless things to know about, and we can’t know them all, but enjoy the things you do learn about.  Find your area of interest and pursue it with passion and delight!  Take pride in the work that you do.  Do the best you can do.  Your best will be different from someone else’s best and that’s fine.  Be proud of what you have achieved and delight in it!

Read.  Read lots.  Find what kind of stories you do enjoy and get stuck into them.  They can take you into another world and broaden your understanding of life.  They will challenge you and help you to think about things in new and interesting ways.  They will help improve your spelling, your grammar, your speech, your writing.  Reading is vital for all areas of your literacy development, and your literacy levels will impact on your entire life.

Make sure you stop every now and then and get some perspective.  Look at the world around you and realise that perhaps some of the things you are getting stressed over, aren’t as big a deal as you might think.  Don’t get too caught up in your own head and be aware of those around you.  Be aware of the impact you have on others.

Laugh.  Enjoy life.  Make sure you do things that make you happy.  Take time out to have fun and relax.

Surround yourself with people you can be yourself with, and who build you up.  It’s important to make sure the people in your life are good for you.  Don’t let them pull you down and hold you back.  Surround yourself with kind, supportive people who genuinely like you.  Also be a kind, supportive person to others.  Don’t learn this lesson too late.

Make sure you have support from others.  No one expects you to do it on your own, we are all here to help each other.  As they say, “No man is an island”.  Get help when you need it, don’t try to do things alone when you don’t have to.  Learn to rely on the trustworthy people around you.

Don’t always focus on yourself, focus on others.  Look after yourself, but don’t make your whole like about you.  Focusing solely on yourself is the key to misery.

The earlier you learn these things, the happier in life you will be.

I love seeing you grow and learn.  Keep challenging yourself and never give up.  Be the best you, you can be, and let others help you get there.  Never stop learning and enjoying it!

Miss Orrin

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3 Replies to “An Open Letter To My Students”

  1. “You need to know how to teach yourself things in the future when no one is there to help you. Use your own ingenuity, learn to think for yourself, and not rely on everyone around you.”
    So True!

    @ittay78

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