My kids are dessert hounds. They love something sweet after dinner and will protest when we say no. When my daughter Ally was a little younger, she would say that she was full (with half the dinner still on her plate). When we asked if she was sure she was full, she would almost always say, “Yes, but I’m saving a little bit of space for some dessert”.
That always made me chuckle. She was always thinking ahead of time that she would need to eat dinner, but that she needed to leave extra room for dessert.
I was reminded of Ally’s quest for dessert today during one of our prayers at church. During a prayer, our pastor asked that we always try to save more than enough space in our hearts to have an abundance of “grace, mercy, and understanding” for ourselves and for others.
As educators who work with children, we know the importance of over planning and the importance of planning ways to engage our students in learning. We also know know that we can expect to spend part of everyday dealing with events that we never planned for in the first place.
So as we get ready to welcome over 500 students through our doors for the first day of school, I ask that we are over-planned for the magical first day. The day will set the tone for the rest of the school year. But in our planning for tomorrow, and each day, let’s remember to save a little space in our hearts and minds to also include grace, mercy, and understanding for ourselves and for our students.
Have a wonderful first day of school!
Worth Checking Out —
My 30-Second Classroom Norms Speech: http://robertkaplinsky.com/30-second-classroom-norms-speech/
There Is No Apolitical Classroom: Resources for Teaching in These Times http://wp.me/p53b7p-1Rn via @ncte
When Schools Forgo Grades: An Experiment In Internal Motivation https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/08/13/when-schools-forgo-grades-an-experiment-in-internal-motivation/
“14 Books to Inspire Kids to Follow Their Dreams” http://buff.ly/2ubNpNa
Upcoming Dates —
23 – Mumkin Sale Kickoff
28 – First School Community Meeting, 10:45am, Gym
29 – Herb at CO until 1pm
1 – Board of Education Bldg Tour, 8am
4 – Labor Day, No School
5 – Mumkin Orders due
6 – Curriculum Night, 5:30-6:30pm
7 – Herb at Admin mtg, AM
11 – PTO Meeting, 6-7pm (Exec mtg); 7pm (General mtg)
12 – School Improvement Team meeting, 8:15am
13 – ADE Staff Meeting, 8:15am
15 – Building Advisory Committee meeting, 8:30am
16 – AD/DC Warrior Dash, 1-6pm
21 – Student Picture Day
25 – Pastries with Parents, 8am
27 – Herb at mtg off campus, AM; ADE Staff Meeting, 3:45pm; Mumkin Delivery, 1pm
29 – ADDC Culture Celebration, 1-3pm