Today a few of us started a Renegade Leadership book study at school. We went around the table and answered the question,
“What is your why for participating in this book study?”
My answer was simple – I want to change the learning landscape on behalf of ALL students.
What do I mean? I want students to see themselves as pure potential, to realize the possibilities that they never imagined for themselves. I want to give them opportunities to shine as George Couros would say. I want them to see the relevance in what they are doing. I want to connect them to a future none of us can possibly envision. I want them to know they matter, that their voices are heard. That they are the most important people in the room and it is an honor and privilege to serve them. And I want all teachers and administrators to feel the same. Am I asking too much?
As we went around the table and others shared their why I realized how personal my why really is. Here are Feehan (6th grader) and Emerson (9th grader) both students in my district and while I am fighting for all kids I am fighting especially hard for these two.
- I want them to continue to be curious
- I want them to question and be questioned
- I want them to take risks
- I want them to make contributions to their community
- I want them to be empowered
- I want them to find their passion
- I want them to know they matter
And I hope, desperately, that all their teachers want the same – not only for them, but all the kids they have the honor and privilege of serving.
As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. – Haim G. Ginott