Back to school
Ok, the kids are back to school! A lot of different emotions come with that statement. Basically, the type of thoughts and feelings connected to that statement stems from your various roles. If you are a parent, you may be ecstatic. You get your days back, your time to think about what you want for a couple of hours of the day. You get to hang up that short-order cook apron and not worry about breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You get to actually enjoy that cup of coffee without any interruptions. But if you are a school administrator, teacher, school support staff, or even a coach, it is crunch time. I mean your carefree, manageable schedule just got crazy! You have just been innovative with teachers, parents, students, and an enormous amount of emails and demands of your time. Yes, depending on where you stand the reality or your view of back to school is very different.
But when you really think about your point of view, no matter if you are a parent or a school staff member the focal point is the same. The child, the student is our main point of interest. I think sometimes we forget that. I believe we get so bogged down with the business of our day that we forget about our focus. We forget about the point of it all. Yes, preparation for the return of the children to school brings on an enormous amount of required tasks. But I urge you not to lose focus. Your primary objectives must be centered around the child. A well-developed plan centered around our main focus will have a major impact on our schools. I believe that everyone has a place at the table and no matter your role or responsibility if the focus point is the wellbeing of the child/student, you are on the right path.
I encourage you to adjust your view. Evaluate your role and your objectives weekly. Add it to your calendar as a task. As a teacher, I look at my objectives for the week and I ask myself, am I impacting my students in a way that will add value to not only their understanding of the lesson but to their life? This very simple practice has changed my teaching approach and I see very profound differences in my areas of influence. I am confident that it will make a difference to yours as well.
When you evaluate your weekly objectives, think about the whole child (holistically). Review ways that you can impact their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. You may lack the knowledge of how to support your students in all areas, but recognizing your reality is half the battle. Long ago, the depth psychologist Carl Jung contended that “what you resist not only persists but will grow in size.” And today this viewpoint is generally abbreviated to “What you resist persists.” My point is that if we do not redirect our focus and support the entire child’s needs, what we see happening in our education system will continue to decline.
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Over the next few months, I will be providing articles to help you support your students holistically. I will begin this series by focusing on ways to support our student’s physical well-being. Please share this article with your staff and leave me a comment below.
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