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.
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.
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.