Monday, February 4, 2013

"We were made to be awesome."




You may have already watched this pep talk from "Kid President"-- it went viral just last week. If you haven't, get busy!  

At Blackstone Valley Prep, middle school scholars watched this video during their morning meeting.  Network staff also watched it during their weekly meeting.  Nothing can put things into perspective better than a message delivered by a child.  Perhaps this is because they have the power to make adults stop and listen, which in turn unites us. If you care about kids, and I care about kids, we're not so different now, are we? 

There are many conflicts that plague the world of education today.  We debate about varied school reform efforts, about the benefits and drawbacks of different standardized assessments and about the best way to evaluate teachers (just to name a few).  These are all valid and productive conversations, provided they are rooted in the purpose of helping kids learn-- in helping kids, or students, or scholars, become what they dream about becoming.  

All too often, however, these conversations are centered on how we can make life easier for ourselves, the adults.  We're all guilty of it.  It's easy to lose sight of the end-goal when you're working your hardest and giving your 110% each and every day. It's tiring, no one is debating that!  

So, whether you're already feeling energized or desperately in need of a vacation, take this pep talk to heart and know that the work you're doing, what you're creating, is helping to "make the world awesome."   Keep your head in the game.   

Kid President says it best: "If life is a game, aren't we on the same team? I mean really, right? I'm on your team, you're on my team. This is life people. You got air coming through your nose. You've got a heartbeat. That means it's time to do something!"  

And there's so much to do--you already know that much.  But, if you've somehow forgotten this along the way, know that the work you do to help our scholars is the most important thing you will ever do.  Moreover, know that you, yes you, are a vital piece of that work, and you make a difference.

Looking for more ways to get involved? Visit us at www.blackstonevalleyprep.org for some ideas.  

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