Jack turned 7 weeks old on Friday. I feel like he’s been around forever yet also can’t believe almost 2 months have gone by since he’s been in the picture. My life has become the Jack show, with very few intermissions.

On leading from the heart I wrote about how he has taught me to listen and how that can be related to listening to my students’ needs in the classroom. He’s also taught me that what he needs the most are the essentials – food, shelter, and love. Begs me to ask – to what point, as teachers, are we responsible for providing all or some of those needs? Do they stop at the parents? I think not. I think I am my best teacher when I am aware of these basic needs and make sure that my students continue to feel nourished, comforted (sheltered), and loved in my classroom.

I’m aware that there are those who feel their jobs end at teaching content. What do you think?