Easter Sunday at church our pastor said, “They are our hope for tomorrow.” (talking to and about our kids during children’s church) What a powerful statement for us all to take a step back and truly reflect upon. Hope. A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. What is our expectation? What is our desire? What certain thing do we expect and desire? Those are questions we should ask daily about our kids. What is our hope for our kids?
Influenced by my recent reading of “Lead Like a Pirate” by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf.
I hope…there is a passion. When kids see how passionate we are about being at school with them, everyone wins! Kids will work harder when they see that you care (and teachers will too)! It is our passion that pushes us to be better, to be inspired, to be empowered, and to serve those around us. “Our passions are what drives us!” (Shelley and Beth)
I hope…there is action. A few months ago, I had a mission to get out of my office and be more visible in the classrooms so I could be connected with my kids and teachers. I became intentional about my schedule by prioritizing what was the most important…Our Kids. We need to be part of the game not on the sidelines coaching the game!
I hope…there are relationships. Building trust helps to build strong relationships. Every decision made during the school day determines the kind of relationships within the school culture. Relationships in a school culture are built on trust and commitment to a common goal. If we are all part of the same team, we all win!
I hope…there are questions and answers. Throughout the school year, we continuously ask questions to reflect and find answers on how to make each day better for our kids and teachers. Our goals, strategies, and plans should all reflect on how the decision moves student learning forward. We must ask ourselves why, how, and what!
I hope…there is change. A growth mindset is BIG in education. In order for our kids to be the hope of tomorrow, change must happen. We must be willing to take risks and make mistakes but more importantly, let our kids see that it is ok!
I hope…there is enthusiasm. Bring it Everyday. I tell my staff (especially office staff) that if I’m not smiling then we can worry! I can honestly say in two years…I’ve only not smiled once! I had one teacher catch me not smiling and she said: “You’re not smiling?” I quickly realized I wasn’t! Kids can (and should) FUN while learning!