Live good…

“If we live good lives, the times are also good.  As we are, such are the times.”  ~St. Augustine~

A fourth grade friend stopped by the office this morning to share a book with me.  You see, he picked it out and wanted to read it with me.  I have to admit…being a Thursday morning and knowing I had several items to “check off the list” before leaving the campus for a principal meeting, I nearly asked for a rain-check for later in the day.  Fortunately, my loving office staff insisted I stop for a moment (they are called bulldogs for a reason, you know!).  🙂

  • Child:  This little book screamed you, Mrs. Van!
  • Me:  WOW…I love the title and your passion for it already!
  • Child:  Well, my teacher says it should say Live Well, but who cares about grammar anyway?!  🙂  It’s like that Life Is Good book and t-shirt you shared and love so much.  This book is filled with quotes and you can use them in your morning message now.
  • Me:  Let’s read then . . . (we spend about 15 minutes reading and talking through each page filled with inspirational thought, quotes, and challenges to live by daily).

You see, this learner, even at the tender age of 9, obviously makes a choice everydaylivegood to live good by doing good…like sharing a book with me, talking about ideas, doing his best to figure out his plan.  It’s humbling to share with him.  As he handed me the book to keep, he left me with these words:  “Look for what is good and you will find it.”  Live good!  🙂

HEARTy Creations

valcutouts A group of students entered the classroom and found multiple heart cutouts scattered upon each classroom desk.  Someone noted, “It must have rained hearts in here over the weekend!”  The children were challenged to create something from the hearts, using all the sizes and colors placed on their particular desk.  Once the creations were completed, the writing and sharing commenced.

An activity like this brings out the clever, unique, and fun side of learning for students.  Being able to have choice in novel ways creates ownership of the work and the results.  Learners authentically engage themselves because they have the protection to create without the fear of failing—there are no right or wrong answers.

It is our goal to design meaningful and engaging work for learners everyday.  We concentrate more on the WHO rather than the WHAT.  We specifically think about the students for whom this work is intended by identifying their roles, responsibilities, and unique abilities or challenges.  Likewise, our students are also able to make decisions regarding some part of the learning experience while providing a variety of skills, styles, and unique approaches to their learning, their interests, and their work.  In the words of one learner, this combination definitely makes for “lovely learning and HEARTy creations!”   Indeed!  🙂