Post-Election School Day

Wow. Being a teacher at this time in history is remarkable. You get the most genuine, sometimes comical responses from 10 year olds during the ‘turning points’ in history. I am proud to be a guide in the acquisition and filtration of information for these kids. Today is a day that I probably will never forget in my career as a teacher.

As we all came to work (for our 8:00 am meeting) a little weary, dreary and concerned, I couldn’t help but feel an utter concern for change. No matter whom would become our next president, change in leadership (that kids think will DIRECTLY impact their near futures), wasn’t going to be easy to embrace through their eyes as kids. They’ve heard the hype. They’ve briefly caught word of what the candidates have done or said, and it’s ALL been negative- which has greatly concerned me as a leader of our future leaders.

We’ve spent all this time teaching our youth that leadership is supposed to be ‘choosing to be kind’ and ‘making good decisions’ and ultimately ‘showing respect to all.’ Its been a confusing matter when our youth are watching the bantering between our PRESIDENTIAL candidates and even more unfortunate that they can directly quote the negative words/names/phrases/comments coming from our now future president. This is so contradictory to what we are teaching our kids. Again, this brings great concern to me.

Now, I didn’t intend this post to be my ‘ranting’ about all the uncertainties that lay ahead. I meant for it to be an authentic reflection of the innocent response to the things going on around us in the world. Seeing things through kids eyes, definitely provides a true glimpse about what we have transpiring before us. It brings motivation to be the change we want to see (more positive contributions to society) as well as drive to show the greatness that still exists in our world/nation and to inspire THEM to be a part of that greatness.

My lifetime investment in the world of education is to give back what has been given to me. Hope. Inspiration. Belief in Greatness and Myself, and above all- to be HUMBLE and KIND.

As my duty-free lunch has come to an end- I am going to copy and paste some great parts to one of my life-motto songs: Humble and Kind. May you be inspired by greatness SOMEHOW today.

You know there’s a lot that goes by the front door
Don’t forget the keys under the mat
Childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind
Go to church ’cause your momma says to
Visit grandpa every chance that you can
It won’t be a waste of time
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door say please say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind

When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

Read more: Tim McGraw – Humble And Kind Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

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