It is also important to allow children to find their own passions. While I grew up as a Bronco fan and my family has rooted for the Broncos long before I was born, one of my children chooses to root for the Raiders (yes the Raiders). While it is difficult for me I understand that each child must find their own path. What I hope he remembers is the loving disagreements we've had during football season!
As educators, we try to pass on our love of learning and teaching. We hope children grab on to those passions and become life long learners. We hope children remember those small moments in class when they made a special connection, learned something for the first time, accomplish a goal, made a new friend or felt a sense of pride because as teachers those are the parts of our day we cherish. We try to find something special about each child in our class and make that special connection.
I encourage you to find a special connection with the children and adults in your life.