“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
This summer I have taken on some new roles. My husband’s family owns a regional business, and I have been spending some of my time this summer working for their company. With that being said, my husband and I can not work in the same office. While great minds do think alike, these two minds are both extremely determined and passionate about whatever we set our minds to do. Early last week I was given a compliment by my husband that truly struck me, and hit a nerve that I thought wouldn’t be hit while working at this company. It hit the nerve that is tied to my passion, education.
“Babe you did a great job on this flier. It is a lot different from what I create because I usually have a lot of dark colors and boxes, but it is really good. I would never have created it, but I am happy you did.” My husband was talking about a flier I had created for a new apartment community opening up in the Charleston area. Without being asked, I created an advertisement that would highlight some things our company could help new residents with while moving into Charleston. I started this mini-project because it focused around something I like doing – creating.
What was neat to me was the fact that Scott and I are both successful and hardworking people, but we both created two completely different products for the same type of goal. Isn’t this what our kids do in 1:1 classrooms? Once a child has become familiar with an Ipad and the different ways to create presentations and documents, the sky is the limit with what he or she can produce.
I smiled to myself as I walked away from my husband that day for three reasons: First, I felt good that I contributed something positive and unique that he was excited to use. Secondly, I knew in my mind that if I had given my fourth grade graduates the same task (to come up with some type of advertisement highlighting the perks for using our company) they would each be able to independently and successfully create an add on their Ipad. Thirdly, he invited me to produce more.
One day our kids will be the entrepreneur fighting for his or her vision or the architect building the next sky scraper in New York City. Let’s light a flame in children that won’t diminish in time, the belief that they have something worthwhile and valuable to contribute to our classroom and society. Every day brings new strength and new thoughts, so what will you and your students bring to the table today?
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