May 10, 2017
Recently there was a news story about a child and his stepfather who were lost in a nearby woods. When interviewed the child (around 8) said there weren’t any rattlesnakes or anything, but there were a lot of animals with feet.
Isn’t that just like all of us children and adults, we are looking for the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad and then right in front of us is something amazing and inspiring? In my conjecture, I suppose either the child was frightened and then realizing there wasn’t anything that was going to immediately kill him, began to enjoy his surroundings noticing footprints or the adult senses fear explained that there weren’t any rattlesnakes and did he notice those raccoon tracks.
So, in our classrooms who is doing the noticing? Are we bringing the horses to water and waiting for them to drink? Do we understand the gradual release? Are we keeping in our minds and in hearts… and in our words where we are trying to go? Are we keeping ourselves open to the possibilities? Are we always the ones who are driving the instruction forward or are some of those amazing possibilities coming from our students?