Celebrate: Superpowers

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My kids lived in Batman and Superman costumes, t-shirts and PJs. It wasn’t until they went to school that they wore clothes that excluded a cape. I loved those capes for what they lit up in my kids: adventure and escape.

Maybe it was the spirit of Halloween that prompted a conversation around personal superpowers in my Voxer group this week.  It got me thinking about my superpower. And the corollary, my kryptonite.

I believe we all have superpowers and things that derail us. Our kryptonite.

Perhaps it’s with highs; there are lows. Is it because we dare to fly too high?  Is it something internal that just stops us? Are we protecting ourselves?

Or is it something that’s put on us? Have we been taught?

Yesterday, I asked my students about their superpowers and their kryptonite. While their superpowers ran the gamut of whatever they were passionate about, their kryptonite was surprisingly similar.

Hurtful words

Telling me I can’t.

Saying I’m not good.

Other conversations hovered around the impending celebration.

 Is it time to put on our costumes?

Is it time yet?


And my favorite question of all, “What are you gonna be?”

The limitlessness of this query exists on Halloween and whenever we put on a cape.

Today, I’m celebrating superpowers and the question, what are you gonna be.

Here’s to imagining the possibility of what schools and teaching could be. A kryptonite-free space where we can wear our capes and fly.

Happy Halloween.

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9 thoughts on “Celebrate: Superpowers

  1. What an interesting halloween and movie inspired post. A blog post is powerful when it leaves you with a question to think about. Thank you for your question.

  2. Julieanne, I was once working at a school and squatted down next to a child to conference with him. Before I could say anything, he asked, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” I was blown away by his question! What are you going to be when you grow up, Julieanne?

  3. When I read your students’ “kryptonite,” it made me wonder what things we might be saying as teachers that communicate that we think they can’t do something or they’re not good at something. I don’t think very many teachers explicitly say, “You can’t do that” and “You’re not good at that,” however, I think we might say things inadvertently that may communicate those very messages. For example, when they struggle with a word and we ask them, “What would make sense?” or we say, “Look at the words around it,” aren’t we saying we don’t think you can do it on your own? Might it be better to say, “What are you going to do to figure it out?” or “What can you try?” Unlike the former exchange, these exchanges feel like they are saying, “I believe in you, I think you can.”

    This post is making me think harder about my language as a teacher and I am definitely going to be looking closer at the subversive messages of my word choices!

  4. Thanks for this post. It’s helping me get my head around that conversation so I can have it with my students this week. I am anticipating some powerful blog posts.

  5. Your post brought back happy memories of the capes my mom made for her grandkids almost 30 years ago – reversible Batman on one side and Superman on the other. Love how you’ve shared your thinking about superpowers and Kryptonite here. Isn’t it amazing how telling the student responses are?

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