Staying Sane in the Sandbox: Lessons in Principal Leadership

Learning how to persist from five year olds. #HackingEarlyLearning

This week I had the opportunity to teach for two days in two different kindergarten classrooms. The picture below was from the science lesson in the Green Deer room. The activity was as follows “read the book Who Lives in the Sea-first have students generate their own ideas, next have elbow partners discuss what lives in the sea and then as a class add pictures of the sea animals students share”. thumb-7c1138971b7a2e3fa22d4a90e164e5e6

Okay, Be kind people…..above my friends is my attempt at drawing a few sea animals. While I felt solid on my whale and was confident on the contrasts between my Octopus and Jellyfish I struggled with the Seal….and hugely with the Seahorse (oh and yes I know alligators don’t live in the sea). A week later I still look at this picture and cringe…I mean it was bad-and I was a little relieved when I didn’t have to go back to it, ever again.

While my day job doesn’t require me to have artistic qualities in sea animals, this experience had me reflect on the following question:

At what age did it become an easier option to quit than to persist?

How many times in a day do we ask students to try something they haven’t done before-or might not do well? In what ways are we creating an environment that the risk is worth the rewards? How often do you try something in front of your students that might not go well-or in my case get a good laugh from?

Sometimes our weakness can become the source of our greatest ideas, contributions or sparks for ourselves…and our students. So it might be a seahorse, or a new teaching strategy. It could be a new seating arrangement or an attempt to incorporate technology with the learners, not just for them. Whatever it is buckle up, settle in and go for it with 100% effort-failing forward.

Dream Big, Live Colorfully, Lead Boldly

Jessica

 

 

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