As I get older I see more grey. Ya, ya, ya … the hair jokes .. I get it. Nice!
What I’m talking about are my observations that we don’t live in a binary world of ‘Yes or No’ , ‘Black or White’. We just don’t typically live in “All or Nothing” scenarios. Our world is a series of sliding position points along a continuum. It isn’t static, measured once and labeled. It is a complex, multi-dimensional, constantly evolving space.
Need proof? OK. Some examples that are right off the top of my head include:
Practice MAY make perfect
- Physical aptitude in sports
- Cooking prowess
- Home repair abilities
- Computer use
- Essay writing
The point being, we have some ability or knowledge in lots of areas — some are just more developed than others. And in many cases increased practice results in improvement.
So our world is a patchwork of grey! Different shades of ‘greyness’ which indicate our varying abilities.
Here’s to all of our Teachers and Administrators! Friday October 5th is the day we officially celebrate you and all that you give to our students and their families.
If you happen to Google ‘teacher qualities’ you get a list that kinda looks like this:
Do-Overs — Every September!
It’s what makes education so much fun.
If something didn’t quite work out this school year there’s always next year. Our profession is kind of unique that way. I’ve always liked the fact that we get to press ‘reset’. As teachers, administrators and support staff we get do-overs all the time.
We also have an education system that supports repeat opportunities for students. I’d like to take a close look at WHY we should remember to have that mindset of providing do-overs for our students.
School is a safe place — as educators we take enormous pride in creating spaces that are emotionally safe for everyone regardless of their story or history. For some of our students the stark reality is that we may be the ONLY place in their world where they feel the most connected to an adult. A place where some may form their only trusting, compassionate relationships with a caring adult.