Independent Learning Project: Finding a Meaning

I’m back to writing more about crocheting and how my independent learning project is going. If I’m being completely honest, it has been hard to focus on the last couple of weeks. With so much going on in my life, I have found it hard to do the same stich over and over again. That is why I decided it is time for a change. Currently, I am on the middle stripe of the blanket I am crocheting, so I went ahead and changed the stich to switch it up a bit. I had a friend come up to visit me this weekend and thought it was one of the most ridiculous things in the world that I was just changing the stich pattern on a cluster just for the middle stripe. It would look ridiculous and wrong if I changed the stich just for one stripe, that I should just keep going with the same stich.

As odd as you think that this post may start out, there is a meaning behind it. I promise. Here it is: Not everyone is going to be proud of the same things that you are proud of. People are going to think that what you are doing is ridiculous and that it doesn’t make sense. But that does not mean that you should stop what you are doing just because someone thinks what you are doing is dumb. As I’m sitting here writing my post, I’m thinking of my future classroom. How at times will there may be students like my friend? She was not really being rude in any means, but there will be students who, without knowing it, will put your other students down.

I understand that it is her opinion and I’m not hurt by it. But it made me really think into my teaching career. I’m 20 years old and have had to go through rough situations just like everyone else, but my students will not have had the chance to have those hard ships yet. They will take things personal and be hard on themselves because they are still trying to figure out who they are. We need to be careful that we do not crush their confidence and that we try to make sure that other students do not crash their confidence either. Let’s be the difference in the classroom, the kindness, and the educators that push our students forward.

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