I see you

ICU

Letters you’ve identified since kindergarten
In the midst of all the other 23

You’ve dutifully sung all of them in correct order as instructed year after year

I SEE YOU

Now, however, these three mean something altogether different to you
They are a private message from me to you…teacher to student…adult to helpless child…scribbled on a post-it

Something comforting
Something calming
Something caring
Something acknowledging

I SEE YOU

You know with those special letters that your suffering is not unnoticed
There’s a reason the reading log isn’t done that is beyond your nine-year-old control
Your heart is heavy with adult struggles this particular morning that you should not be forced to bear

ICU

— Jocelyn Jones, Deer Park, shares this piece, which she says “describes a technique I find useful now and then with specific students that I know lead extremely challenging home lives full of adult problems to overcome. It illustrates, especially for brand-new teachers, the importance of remembering empathy in our classrooms. It speaks to the quote about not caring how much you know until I know how much you care.”