From elementary school all the way through high school and beyond, teachers have their hands full managing often overcrowded classrooms while trying to get through the day’s lessons. Then there’s homework assignments to keep track of, standardized tests to prepare for, papers to grade… the list goes on.
But the most important part of a teacher’s job is to nurture the children in their classes, to make sure those kids are equipped to become kind and successful adults.
A school in Portugal recently hung posters in the halls addressed to the students’ parents, reminding them that teachers are not the only ones tasked with teaching their children… It starts at home.
We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home.
It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.
Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.
Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.
Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.
This school makes a good point. How can a teacher answer a student’s question during a classroom discussion if the other students are shouting to be heard over everyone else? How can they be expected to start the day’s lessons on time if students are straggling in 15 minutes late?
While teachers do have an enormous responsibility to shape children into adults, they share that responsibility with the families. As they say, it takes a village!
What do you think about the school’s poster?