Last year, a student said something during this activity that I will always remember (Thanks A!). She said:
"Each rock glitters in its own way. Sometimes you have to pick them up and take a closer look to see their beauty."
Isn't this the most relevant reminder for the starting of a new school year? Each student comes to us with their own lived experiences, perceptions, hopes, and fears. All of these things, and so many more, impact their interactions in the classroom and school community. As educators, building relationships with our students, taking the time to see how they glitter, comes before all else and lays the foundation for learning.
While I will not be nurturing the development of a new classroom community this September, I will bring this reminder with me in my new role. I can't help but think of all the 'rocks' I have had the privilege to work with over the years - I have learned so much from each of them! I will remember to look closely and listen openly to uncover beauty and strength.
What lessons have you learned from students and how will these lessons guide your year?