I went to go see the movie Wonder with my family. First of all, it is a very powerful movie. I’ll admit that I started crying within the first few minutes of the movie. As I watched the movie though, I started to wonder a lot.
I’m a fifth grade teacher. All I could wonder is “how do my students feel?” and “what would my students do if an August Pullman entered into our classroom?” I would like to imagine that my students would welcome Auggie with open arms and excitement, but would they really do that…I don’t know.
This made me feel like I know I have more to do to make all my students feel welcome. Am I doing everything I can? Am I excluding any of my students? If I’m not, I know I need to. If I am excluding, then I am sorry. I do not mean to do these things.
What can I do to make my room more welcoming? First, I need to be present and welcoming. I need to welcome my students to their classroom. I need to take the time to listen to their stories. I need to gain an insight into their lives and experiences. I cannot let these opportunities to slide by.
My students are wonders. Each student has a certain connection to me. I need to build on these connections. I need to welcome these connections into my classroom. The wonders that are my students are wonders that make me a better teacher.
I also need to teach my students to be Summer’s and Jack’s. I need to teach students to stick up for those around them that need support and also how to learn from their mistakes.
I need to make my students wonder and grow. I cannot leave these great opportunities left untapped. I need my students the same way that my students need me. I am not here simply to give them information but rather I am here to help them see the greatness that lies inside them and each other. In the same way, my students help me see the greatness that lies in me and they show me ways to grow in my wonder.
I am so grateful for each of the wonders in my classroom. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to see them achieve their successes on their own and together. I am also grateful that they help me become a better person.
Be kind. Be great. Be you. I am a wonder.