Every child has a gift. But, being able to receive it means FIRST being able to recognize it. Schools are in a unique position to do that.
Mission Possible: To recognize, celebrate and nurture every child’s gift.
When we celebrate the gift that each child provides we enable that child to reach new heights of achievement. In public education, our doors are open to every child — every need, every complexity. Finding a child’s strengths can sometimes be the most difficult and frustrating part of our job. You see, for some children, their outward selves can mask their inner beauty through such things as learning or behavioral challenges, lack of attendance or other life complexities.
Finding the magic inside each child can be difficult — but it’s there — in every last one of them.
Think back to your K-12 school experience. Now, I want you to recall a specific example of a kindness given to you by a teacher in the building – something that resonated with you. I bet you can think of something and someone immediately — and I bet that you remember that person’s name. Teachers have those interactions with students every single day.
A teacher from my past that comes to mind was Ms. Bell — my Grade 10 English teacher. I had just moved from Toronto to Calgary and I didn’t know a soul. As I am not typically the most outgoing of personalities I must have looked like a deer in headlights. Ms. Bell took me aside one day and told me that I was to come to rehearsal next week for the school musical – Fiddler on the Roof. She wanted me in the chorus. She had no idea if could sing – heck, I barely even talked in class.
And for your information … yes, I can sing. In fact, I sing in many keys all at once. I consider it a rare talent.
“We rarely get what we feel we are entitled to in life” – Dr. Laura Schlessinger on The Dr. Laura Program (Sept 6, 2018)
I heard Dr. Laura utter these words as I was driving to a meeting. It kind of hit me like a 2×4. I pulled my car over and wrote it down.
I have heard Dr. Laura Schlessinger on-and-off for the past 20 years. I like her — but I’ve heard from others who don’t. She’s blunt and doesn’t pull any punches. What’s also interesting to note is that she has been broadcasting on radio since 1975, so I assume that she’s been doing something right for these past 44 years.
So, has she hit the right note? Was she suggesting that our sense of entitlement is bigger than it should be — that feeling an exaggerated sense of self-worth is perhaps the norm in our society?