It’s time to Celebrate this Week with Ruth Ayres. I’m thankful for all of those who join in this practice. Read more celebrations here.
This week was a roller coaster, up and down. Each day required reconstruction. I’ve got a road I want to travel; sometimes our learning path requires significant detours and roadside stops. Sensing where students are relative to where I want to take them is most important.
This week I celebrate the regenerative practice of writing.
Writing allows my thoughts to be tangible. It lets me hold on to and maybe connect pieces. Writing can feed me. It allows my brain and body to connect with something solid. Be it ink and notebook or the keyboard and screen.
This week I celebrate the regenerative process of listening.
On Friday, I caught this conversation on my local NPR station between Noah McQueen and President Obama. Noah, an 18-year high school senior from Maryland, spoke wise words. Words I wanted my students to hear. They listened hard to Noah and the President. Afterwards, I listened to my students.
I didn’t ask for them to share or to write. I just waited.
Mostly it was quiet.
Then, V said, “He seems a lot older than 18.”
R said, “That was beautiful.”