True Colors

They say that “to teach is to touch a life forever.”  Thinking back on my career to this point, I realized this phrase summed up the drive that led me to teach and keeps me going back each day.  I want to make a difference in a child’s life.  Whether it’s to be that teacher that finally “connects” with them, or the one who teaches them that there are eight planets in solar system- I want them to learn to be greater.  Greater than what they are at this moment, greater than what they dream they can be.  I’m pretty sure that’s what makes me an idealist.

There are so many things that interfere with my students’ hopes and  dreams- from daily realities to unforseen horrors. The one thing that I see consistently, though, is that they are often their own worst enemies.  Whether it comes from a sense of self-worth that has been tromped on at home, or whether their experiences at school have led them to believe they aren’t capable,they don’t believe they can achieve all that they are capable of.

It bothers me.  On very deep levels.  I was scrolling through music in my playlists and came across an updated version of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”  There are some very meaningful lines in the lyrics that deal with remembering your own self worth.

“True Colors”

You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so smallBut I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbowShow me a smile then,
Don’t be unhappy, can’t remember
When I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

My goal this week is to really focus on reminding the kids that they are special. they are capable, and that they are beautiful.  Every child needs to hear it-

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7 thoughts on “True Colors

  1. I applaud your intentional praise of young people around you. I have also found that kids want the positive feedback for what their effort, for what they attempt and what they do in the small things. I find that lessons in examining whether we think our accomplishments come from luck or from effort — examining self-beliefs about the fixed intellect versus the plasticity of the brain — this coaching based on performance and effort make the most difference to kids in the long run.

  2. I love that song. You’re right – they are their own worst enemies. i don’t think you’re an idealist at all – just someone who genuinely cares. I’m sure you’ve made a difference in countless students’ lives – more than you could ever probably know.

  3. I love that you infused music into your post. This reminds me of an article I read about the impostor syndrome. Many students think that they aren’t good enough or will be found out that they aren’t worthy. It is our job to combat that idea.

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