Last Friday, it was another day of long meetings, testing, computer problems, and both students and teachers were getting frustrated. I was sitting in one of my intervention meetings when the social worker joined us. We had a little time before the meeting started so the two of us quietly started talking about one of our third grade students. He goes to see the social worker to talk about different coping skills that he can use when he gets frustrated. At my school, they use the Angry Birds coping skills seen below:
We were talking about a session they had just recently had together, and the third grade boy was talking about when he gets frustrated and what he does. The social worker and the boy began to talk about Mighty Eagles, and who his Mighty Eagles were. The boy respond, Miss Uricchio is a Mighty Eagle. The social worker asked why and my student said, “Because she tells me I can do it and she is proud of me”.
When the social worker told me this, I was so overwhelmed. I knew that since I began my job in January, I had made a special connection with this child, but for him to say that I am a Mighty Eagle really made my day! Teachers take so much time trying to have everything perfect and planning extravagant activities, but all the kids want to know is that someone cares and believes in them.
Take time to be your kids’ Mighty Eagle.
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. ~Karl Menninger