Friday, August 24, 2018
Monday morning the students in PE were completing a physical fitness assessment. The event they were participating in was the standing broad jump. Much to everyone's surprise, I decided to give it a try. If you want to know how far I "jumped" you will have to read to the end!
My very loosely defined "jump" has given me food for thought this week. How often am I willing to put myself in a position where I may not be very successful? What does the environment have to be like that will allow me to try something new? How confident am I that I won't be teased or taunted when my efforts fall short? Is there someone around who is going to encourage me to try again or show me how to improve on my effort?
At Rivercrest, we have learning environments that support student learning. Teachers strive to develop classroom cultures where students have opportunities to try - and try again - new concepts and skills. Teachers stand ready to offer different approaches and to nurture students on their journeys to reach their learning targets. In school (as in life) we don't always get it right the first time. Our small steps mark our progress.
I am reminded of Neil Armstrong's quote from the first lunar walk, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Each of us takes small steps every day that propels us on our way. Let's not be afraid to take that first step. Who knows where they may lead!
My "jump?" Well, it was a stunningly unspectacular 2'10". But I didn't fall, and none of the students laughed at me. I was supported and encouraged - by the students. That small step has caused me to reflect on another source of pride in our school community. We are Rivercrest.