Friday, April 17, 2015

Reflections from #Allkids 2015 High Expectations Conference for Teachers, Leaders and Families

by Guest Blogger Lindsay Priam, BVP 3rd Grade Teacher

     The 2015 High Expectations Conference: College and Career for All held last Saturday was incredible time well spent. With 200+ other attendees from across the state and region, it allowed education leaders, teachers, and families an opportunity to come together and discuss what it means to hold our students to high expectations in the classroom and at home. The conference was an excellent reminder that as Dr. Seuss once said, “children want the same things we want: to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted,” and the sessions gave attendees tools to make these desires a reality for all children.

     One of my biggest takeaways from the conference was the importance of struggle. As a teacher, it’s always hard watching my scholars struggle. There is always an urge to jump in and rescue them from the discomfort of struggling with complex texts or challenging prompts. However, as keynote speaker, Kate Gerson, reminded all of us, there is beauty in struggle. By providing our scholars with time and just the right amount of guidance, they will get through the struggle, and we would have taught them 2 of the most important life skills of all - how to persevere and be critical thinkers

     Parents play such a vital role in the education of their children. Last year, I attended the Raise the Bar conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Staff from the organization joined us Saturday too and further reinforced the value of teachers and families building authentic, respectful, focused relationships and partnerships as we work together to help our scholars achieve at their absolute highest potential.  

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