“If you face something and find that you struggle, that does not mean that you can’t do it. Instead, it means that you are perfectly positioned for powerful learning.” From, The Writing On The Classroom Walls by Steve Wyborney.
“Perfectly positioned for powerful learning!” I love this quote. On Thursday we had our first half-day data team meeting of the school year. Kindergarten teachers met with the literacy coach and I to analyze data and select kindergarten students who will need intervention. Out of our 100 kindergarten students we identified 50…yes, 50…who qualified for intervention. Now, this realization may cause some to panic, but not us. At J.W. Reason we look at our data, determine the most important teaching points that will move the children forward and we just do it. We see children as being “perfectly positioned for powerful learning.” We don’t dwell on the struggle. Instead, we create a learning environment in which children can grow.
As educators we don’t have time to make excuses or say that we can’t do it. We must remember that “this is not a drill”. We get one chance to make each school day as impactful as possible. We have one chance to notice when children are “perfectly positioned for powerful learning”. It is up to us send the message to students that “what may seem impossible now, may soon be possible”.
For more inspirational messages that will empower students, check out The Writing On The Classroom Walls by Steve Wyborney. And, join Steve and I on September 28th at 9PM EST as we co-moderate #ohedchat.
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