As a parent of four children, I am amazed by the emotional energy it takes to give each child what they need in terms of support, encouragement, discipline and care. They are totally different people with different ways of responding to the world. One-size-fits-all does not apply.
Now imagine 25 unique students in one class. A few probably came from homes with two parents with college degrees, a plethora of books and organic food in the fridge. They are eager to learn, hungry for a challenge, and highly motivated by good grades and test scores.
But there are a few in the class who are struggling with the basics. There’s no food for breakfast. There are no books in the house, and sometimes no electricity either. They don’t believe in their worth and don’t see the value in reading Shakespeare or learning geometry.
There are a few who are hiding the shame of a visual processing disorder which makes reading and comprehension next to impossible.
Maybe there is student who struggles with anxiety which prevents him from participating in class because of a crippling fear of judgement or failure.
this is just one class period