“The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways.” old proverb.
When Teaching Gets Tough, by Allen N. Mendler discusses how important it is that we are all fully present— physically, emotionally, and behaviorally, and tuning out distractions unrelated to our work so that we are aware of what our students and parents are saying, thinking, and feeling. Great teachers have passion for the work of teaching and learning. We can see our colleagues who have the passion for the work of teaching and learning based on their students’ performance, work, actions, and behavior. Yes, the Prodigal Son Foundation has students with vast challenges that involve learning gaps, mental, social, and economic deficiencies. However, our staff members love what they do every day so that their knowledge and energy comes from their heart and soul that our students and parents can make the connections with each adult that they come in contact with.