It’s July 10, and the approach of the upcoming school year lingers close. Yes, in a month and a half, my former eighth graders enter high school and a fresh batch of newly christened eighth grade students I eagerly await. And yes, I’m exhausted, I’m overwhelmed, I’m anxious.
What will this school year behold?
With so many unknowns, I know I’m not alone in these feelings. Fellow educators, former students, and families all await answers to this looming question.
Yet, in this vast canyon of uncertainty, I know what is certain - I will continue to build meaningful connections with students and their families. So, despite what this fall may yield, I’m going to focus on what I can control right now – how I connect with my future families in what may be a solely digital environment or perhaps a hybrid of some sort. Purchasing a green screen with lighting equipment, crafting digital management and curriculum, attending webinars, and signing up for summer committees tasked with reopening this fall, I want to focus on what matters most, bringing into focus Aristotle’s quote: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
And so today, when I really needed this reminder, and as I feel like I’m melting in this heat, I happen upon a video that lifts my spirits albeit a very humid day in the North Country, reminding me of the importance of building lasting impressions and relationships with students. And, in my world right now, THIS is what matters most.
Link to article that also inspired this post: https://ideas.ted.com/the-secret-to-giving-a-compliment-that-makes-people-glow/