Thursday, July 25, 2013
What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?
This quote has been attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, one of my personal heroes, but I have often heard it quoted (or rather misquoted) by others. Today I was at school for a little while attending a birthday breakfast for our principal . Yeah, we like her enough to have a breakfast in her honor on a Thursday morning at 7:30 am in the middle of summer break!! Whenever I am in our building it is inevitable that the memories of the past year, and dreams of the upcoming year begin to creep in. Whether it is the fists week of break or I am staring down the barrel of the final 3 weeks before summer ends, it is always the same feelings and emotions that come flooding back.
As I was driving home I started thinking about what I wanted to accomplish this school year with my students...and this quote came to mind.
I would not so much use this quote for myself, to think of all the things I would attempt but rather use it as a jumping off point for my students. This could be a writing prompt, a hook in for goal setting, and ever a piece to get them to reflect on the choices they make on a daily basis.
I am think we are raising a generation of kids who don't know HOW to be risk takers. I see my students often trying to take the easy way out rather than seeking out and taking risks with their ideas. I am hoping to remedy that this year and I hope this quote will be a good jumping off point.