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Camp... Here They Come!

The best part of our profession of education...kids! This was demonstrated once again as students filled the hallways this week with joy and laughter. The minute they walk through the doors that positive energy invigorates us all.

As they head off to camp next week, I am reminded of one of my favorite illustrations of a middle school student's bridge between childhood and teen years. For many years as a teacher, I went to 6th grade camp. One year there was a young girl who was so excited for camp, but a bit aprehensive about leaving her family for a week. When we got there, she was homesick but didn't want to go home. We had a long talk, and she decided that if I went on all her hikes but stayed way back -far enough so she could still see me - she'd be okay. And that's what I did. My week was spent pretending to examine the flora and fauna of the forest. Her week was spent growing her confidence, facing her challenges, and feeling great about it. That's how I always think about the middle school years- ready and wanting to be independent, but needing support close but not too close behind. Give them back up, but allow them to explore, grow, and make mistakes. Here's to next week and the beginning of a successful year.

Posted by spettigrew on Friday September, 5, 2014

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