CBH at Triangle Teacher tagged me to help create a "teacher's passion quilt" by posting an image that "captures what you are most passionate for kids to learn."
I thought about it for a while, and I decided that at the core of everything I want to teach my students is the notion of RESPECT. When you respect your teachers, you don't talk back, you listen, you give your best effort. When you respect your classmates, you keep your hands to yourself, you use kind words, you make an effort to help them. When you respect classroom property, you treat things gently and carefully. When you respect yourself, you try your hardest to make positive choices.
I fervently believe that what's missing from my students' curriculum right now is socialization: how to get along in a world with other people and treat them with respect. I really wish we could make that a scheduled part of our school day.