Thursday, March 3, 2011

SOLS: Her Story - 3/31

The Slice of Life Story Challenge 
is hosted by the Two Writing Teachers.

Her Story
Her story. Her story will remind me.  She's a sweet, sweet girl. Quiet, but works hard.  Works hard, but struggles.  Struggles, but wants so much to please.  Her classroom teacher and the data both spoke with concern for this child.  So many questions erupted about her story.

Then I learned there was more to her story.

Something happened. We had a visit from a certain department of children and family services. My mind speculated, wondered, and questioned. My heart ached after hearing there is more to her story.

That night and every night since, she's been in my prayers.   Her story reminds me that I don't know what happened last month, last night, or even this morning.  Her story reminds me to be more patient, to be more forgiving, just to be more for my students. Her story will remind me. Her story.


8 comments:

  1. I can relate to her story as I've had many students with stories of their own. All we can do is love on them, show them that we care, and make them realize they matter- no matter what! Keep on caring about her story. You will make a difference.

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  2. The first assignment I have for my students is to write a narrative essay about a Dividing Line in their life. The stories are varied, interesting and always grab me by the throat. So much has happened in their young lives and I have greater admiration for what they do accomplish in the classroom because of the challenges they've already faced.

    I wish this young girl good fortune in her future--to be fortunate to have adults like you in her life. Thanks for the post.

    Elizabeth E.
    http://peninkpaper.blogspot.com
    P.S. Thanks for your comment on my blog. :)

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  3. Kids can really haunt you. You think about them and worry about them. Their stories of resiliance are inspiring.

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  4. Last year every one of my 20 children had a story that came with them. Everything from a house and bathwater that was heated from the wood cut on their land, to a mom arrested for meth. Their stories rip at your heart and keep you awake at night. "She" is lucky to have such a caring teacher.

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  5. Wow! Thanks for sharing. I too pray for each and every one of my students each night because I don't know everything that is going on in their lives. I love them all so much that I don't want anything to happen to them. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. So very true. As I was sharing my frustrations with my data today with my principal I told her I'm growing my readers and writers...just not fast enough for testing. Then I looked at her and said see these here...they all have a story. A story no one wants to hear. :-( Saying a little prayer for HER also.

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  7. "She" is one who would keep me awake at night. I walked in my room the other morning and asked my "roommate" How are we supposed to teach when they come to school like this? It's hard--they all have stories and need someone who cares. Thankfully, she has you.

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  8. Just wanting to be more ... is what you give. Thanks for showing up for this story.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.