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NaBloPoMo 2012– November 17th: Role Models

(Today is a free write)

It’s been a long week, filled with an over-abundance of grading assignments, writing assignments, and not sleeping very well.

I stayed up almost all night grading response papers the other day, and, just when I reached a point of insanity and disgust, one student gave me hope. A single line in this student’s paper gave me hope for my students, teenagers today, and the future.

“I don’t believe you have to have a body of a model to be a good role model.”

Sometimes today’s adolescents surprise me with their writing. In a sea of papers filled with redundant statements, regurgitated thoughts, and words just spat out in hopes of appealing to me, their teacher, this line helped me believe that some students actually get it, and that they understand how being different is equivalent to being a good role model.

What about you? Your kids? The future? Are you sending them the right message?