Real Life Diamonds
Several years ago, I heard someone describing the process for finding diamonds. I don’t know if there’s any truth in their account, but they said that diamonds are discovered at the coal that surrounds them is constantly being chipped away. They said that extremely sharp instruments must be used to get rid of the coal or the diamond will never be found.
When I served as a dean of students (disciplinarian), I didn’t exactly enjoy my job. In fact, I’m almost ashamed to admit that the majority of the time I wanted to be doing something else…anything else…that what I was doing. Even so, there were times when I really enjoyed what I did. The most rewarding aspects about my position as disciplinarian occurred when I had the chance to talk about life with my students.
In a rather memorable life conversation in my office, one of my girls wanted to talk to me about a teacher who kept picking at her. I thought she meant to say that the teacher was picking “on” her, but when I corrected her, she assured me that the teacher was picking “at” her. The student expressed that the teacher was always on her about everything and she wished the woman would simply leave her alone.
Something she said reminded me of the diamond story, so I shared it with her.
When you stop to think about it, we’re all a little like that girl. There is always something or someone who’s always there chipping away at us, bothering us, irritating us, and causing some type of pain or discomfort. We want it to stop, but that pain is the very thing we need to become the shining diamonds that are hidden deep within us.
So work through the pain, knowing that a brilliant diamond could be one chip away.
More by this Author
Despite the fact that the vast majority of teachers are creative and crafty individuals, many of them rely on pre-packaged units when they deliver instruction to their students. As a result, students aren’t very...
Classroom Management is a topic rarely discussed in schools. Many administrators assume that their teachers have well-thought out classroom management plans; while most teachers deal with situations as they arise....
Teachers may think that certain protocols and processes are common knowledge, but those processes and protocols only make sense to students if they have been taught to the students. Establishing and implementing...