So Many Questions #sol17
August 29, 2017
Yesterday we had our district-wide kick off. Today we had our ‘kick-off’ staff meeting. In my thinking, they both centered around questions. Questions we should ask ourselves to prepare for our year.
Yesterday, our def Poet speaker, Regie Gibson, rallied us to distill our contribution to society (our students) into one word. One word to convey all that our essence brings to the proverbial table of our classrooms. My word came to me quickly. Many, many individuals say this about me. Sometimes I suspect it isn’t a compliment… to them. To me, it is my core strength. This thing gets me to rise in the morning, work long through the day, and continue year after year. The district sent us a wordle of the collective words. It took me a few minutes to find my word. It’s not the largest or the next largest. I wondered if any one out of those other hundreds of educational professionals said the same word. Then I thought it’s my word. I know what it means to me. I have a good idea what it will mean to the teachers, students and parents that I will cross paths with this year. I feel good about that.
Today, we watched a video of Dean James Ryan of Harvard University delivering a commencement in May 2016. He says it much more eloquently that I do. My teacher and parent friends will enjoy especially the first question, “Wait! What?”. Of course, this goes to understanding. The second questions figures prominently in our current teaching, I wonder why. This question prompts our curiosity. The next question helps unstick the stuck, Couldn’t we at least… Offering a gentle, gentle nudge, a place to begin. The fourth question, How could I help? is the basis of all good relationships. This one thing is a strength of mine, the ability to help. The subtlety of the question is important. How could I help? Giving the recipient the opportunity to maintain the control of the situation and your assistance. The last question is echoing in the blogs I follow, the books I read, my reaction to current times, and my own musings. What truly matters (to me)? When we understand this one thing, we can share so much.
So there you have it on a Tuesday. Some questions to ponder as you celebrate a new year. I hope that they will keep you up in a good way, light your path, and spark your conversations.
This slice of life is inspired by many more found here and by Two Writing Teachers who may in fact have changed everything I think about myself as a learner, as a writer, and as a member of a vast community.