I Believe Sunday

I believe in Santa Claus
When I was in my first year of college our professor asked us to write about something we believe in. My paper started out “I believe in Santa Claus.” 
As a professor you may think that you just begun to read a flippant college kid’s paper, but I was a thirty year old mother of two. I was a nontraditional student, and I was scared to death I wouldn't be able to carry on with my dream of becoming a teacher.
I had never written anything for another person to read before. I was terrified she would rip my paper apart and quell my desire to fulfill a lifelong dream. Although there were some technical errors (still my problem sometimes), she encouraged me to revise and continue my paper. 
At the end of the assignment she asked to read it to the class, and to keep it to read to future classes. She believed in me.
The paper of course was not about Santa Claus. It was about childhood memories of a father that often drank too much, and a mother that tried her best to make up for it. The paper conveyed the importance of having something to believe in, and my professor conveyed the importance of believing in your students.
Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the day to day craziness of the teaching world. Sometimes it’s easier to dismiss a student instead of taking the time to hear them. Sometimes the politics of big business trickle into our lives and try to dictate that we lump our kids into the same standards, the same categories.
But isn't it the most important part of our job to look beyond all that? Shouldn't we look beyond the traditional and find the nontraditional to encourage and grow? We need to remember to show them that although they may be terrified to show us who they really are, we can and do believe in them.



  1. Oh, Tammy! This was beautifully said. I am often amazed at how some children can come to school and give it their best when things are much less than good at home. Our encouragement is so important. Thanks for this reminder as many of us head back to school tomorrow.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  2. Oh, I really like the last bit of this and it's so true. It IS so easy to get caught up in the teacher busyness that we don't see what's right in front of this. Thanks for writing this right before I see my kids again for the first time in two weeks. :)

  3. Lovely! Thanks for sharing. I have to admit, I'm not super excited to return to school tomorrow after break (I already know how many days until the next day off!) and I needed this reminder of why I do what I do!

    Thanks so much for a perfectly timed post!


  4. How wonderful Tammy. It's a beautiful reminder before going back after break. Makes me stop and think. I need to do that more often. Thank you.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  5. We went baack to school on Friday, but like everyone else has said, I wasn't looking forward to it. It makes me a little sad, I usually am always ready to get back, I think just like you wrote, that I have let some of the district's policy take my joy of teaching away this year. Thanks for the reminder to put the children and their needs first. I guess like that saying, close the door and do what you know is right.
    Thanks for the reminder.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher