I am sure, like many other Elementary and Early years classes my students were asked to write a letter to Santa. Not only to fill time and do a Christmas activity, but also as a indicator of how my student are doing in their writing. However, sitting at my desk watching my students write and listening to their conversations as they wrote their letters, I thought to myself if I was to write to Santa what would I ask for.
Sitting and pondering I realized that many of the things that I would ask for would not be for myself, nor would they be for my family or friends. Looking into my classroom I realized that I would ask for the simple things, the things that many of us take for granted, but that I would ask for these things for the students in my class.
I would ask that my students could overcome their issues and that by doing so that they could possibly return to their families and if not that they could go to a family. A family that will give them things like hugs, without them having to ask for it. A family that will ask them how they are feeling and doing not only when they are exhibiting negative behaviors, but when they come into the house smiling.
I would ask that my students be treated the same way I was when I was a student and kid. That the adults in my life understand that there is no beneficial learning in punishment. That it is more productive to apply natural consequences and reflection. Because punishment teaches only one lesson “Hurt People – Hurt People”
I would ask that my students are given access to the resources and modifications that I am able to provide in my classroom in any classroom that they attend.
I would ask that my students are separated from their behaviors. That people take the time to build relationships with my “special” students and not see them as what they do. Yes actions do speak louder than words, but for students there are other reasons for their actions.
I would end my list by asking for one last thing. I would ask that regardless of who you are as an adult or older sibling, and regardless of the setting and situation, that we don’t give up one the children we come into contact with. Because I have found that the most damaging thing of all is when we don’t acknowledge a child’s efforts or their mistakes.
I know that this may be a lofty list, but that is my wish. Thanks Santa and Merry Christmas