Every Child Has a Gift

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.

Resilience – A Necessary Part of Personal Success

October 10th is World Mental Health Day (sponsored by the World Health Organization – WHO). What a great day to talk about RESILIENCE and its importance in providing students with a pathway to success.

When I went through teacher training I learned about a number things like lesson construction, effective assessments and curriculum content. We didn’t spend a lot of time learning about student resilience — in fact, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t even mentioned. And that’s probably because it wasn’t a concept being discussed among educators 30 years ago. I doubt that you could find one that incorporated it into the recipe for student success.

Resilience: The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; personal toughness or the ability to bounce back.

What I’ve discovered over my career is that a student’s success is intimately linked to their ability to withstand disappointment, failure or setbacks. Their resilience is a critical part of their success story.

Do We Now Have a Generation of Entitlement?

“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?