One of the more satisfying aspects of the teaching profession are those moments when in one’s personal or professional life things may not be going according to script, and then something happens that puts the cues and lines back in good order.
There may be a student who has been struggling to show good sportsmanship, and all concerned have been working to intervene and redirect him to the point of frustration, when all of a sudden things change, and that child begins doing his part in support of the team.
One morning, a classroom teacher just doesn’t quite seem to be connecting with students and frustration levels are high. Then, off they go to recess and afterwards everyone gets a fresh start, and it’s as if the day has begun again, and all goes well.
A parent has been told that their child needs additional assessment and subsequent support to more efficiently continue their educational journey. There is resistance at first, then openness to the possibility, and then finally all agree that it’s the best course, a solid plan is implemented and the outcomes are just grand.
There may be a death or other tragedy in a faculty member’s family that results in the natural sadness and loss that one feels in those instances. However, he or she is quickly soothed when the classroom door opens and all the joys of childhood enter the classroom.
Your Headmaster may be faced with a myriad of day-to-day challenges that are simply “part of the deal”. When that happens there is always something that turns the tide - a visit to a kindergarten classroom, an Artz Night to attend, a classroom drama production to enjoy, a hug from a prekindergartner, a Dog Show to host, or the seemingly endless list of accomplishments by our students, faculty, and parent volunteers that I am fortunate to witness.
Thank you for another extraordinary year with these wondrous children.
Headmaster Raymond Volker
Friday May, 29, 2015
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