I had mixed emotions on my drive home today…
Our principal does a Pep Talk every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (on the intercom). It is the way we start our days. We watch a video that connects to the Pep Talk and we spend time discussing and reflecting. The messages have been around Habits of Mind and Growth Mindset. We encourage humility, empathy and compassion with our students.
My class has their own weekly blog page where two bloggers are completely in charge of the focus for that week. They decide what the theme will be and I would say that the Pep Talks impact their thoughts. They leave words of wisdom for families and give family homework on what to discuss at home. I would say that they are becoming more compassionate and empathetic with each other (it hasn’t been a smooth road for sure this year).
So why am I having mixed emotions on my drive home today?
Today was the first day back from Spring Break and the end of the year is on the horizon. We get out of school the third week in May and I know this is a time when families begin to think about the next school year.
Unfortunately today, I overheard some girls talking about next year.
So, why I am surprised to hear certain families complaining about “those kids” in our class and how they want their child with different kids next year?
How did they miss the blog page and what their child has been sharing with them all year?
How have they missed the Pep Talks that are posted on the school’s website?
How have they missed the weekly newsletters about what the learners are learning?
How do I not feel like I failed?