"Every child requires someone in his or her life who is absolutely crazy about them." --Urie Bronfenbrenner
This fact was confirmed for me this morning when a Kindergarten student was brought to my office to celebrate his learning. He is new to Canada and is still learning English and his teacher wanted me to see how much progress he has made.
When he came into the office I knelt down to meet him eye-to-eye and listen to what he had to say. He told me that he had learned how to say 30 new words and told me this himself...in English. His facial expression to this point was somewhat nondescript; however, once I gave him a high five & referred to him by name his facial expression changed completely.
As he left my office with a teacher aid, I overheard her saying to him, "I can tell you're feeling happy!".
Please don't misinterpret this post. I love technology and have several "screens" in my life that often distract me. However, it's nice to know that as much as things change, some things remain the same. Kids need to know that someone cares about them and what they do, they need to believe they have someone in their corner who will cheer for them when they succeed and support them when they don't.