Wednesday, June 9, 2010
What they really need
Listening to the 8th graders practice their graduation speeches, I was struck by recurring themes: the joy of being in a place where they can be themselves and be appreciated for who they are, and where friendship and adventure are valued. This is what is important to the students at this moment in their lives - and beyond all else gives them the confidence and courage to step into the next stage of their lives.
As the adults guiding them, we their teachers and parents, can feel proud of the educational excellence that we have so carefully crafted, and the kids can take great pleasure in remembering a place where they got what they needed - acceptance, encouragement, celebration, and space to grow!