This picture brings me great joy and reminds me that I am truly lucky to do what I do. I am surrounded daily by kids that are so excited about life and learning – They are too young to care what others think and see no reason why you shouldn’t show up to school as a Dilophosauras.
So what happens between this day and graduation day? More importantly, how do we continue to ignite this passion in kids and celebrate it?
Today I had the opportunity to hear Chris Barton (@Bartography) and Don Tate (@Devas_T) at our district conference, Convergence. During Q and A someone asked each of them to talk about a teacher that inspired them. Chris Barton answered the question immediately, talking about a high school journalism teacher but it was Don Tate’s answer that gave me a reason to pause. He said he didn’t have a teacher that inspired him, in fact, he didn’t think many teachers even noticed him because he was a quiet, shy kid.
Heartbreaking. How does a student go through 12+ years of school and feel like no one noticed him?
What can we do to see all our students and celebrate them for who they are today, in front of us right now? How to we recognize the gifts and talents of ALL students, including:
- the quiet, shy ones
- the silly ones
- the angry ones
- the confident ones
- the athletic ones
- the academic ones
- the energetic ones
- the challenging ones
- the joyful ones