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edu180atl: rick betts 8.29.12

I try to find time during the week, amidst myriad responsibilities, conversations, distractions, and duties to reflect. Finding a few moments of quiet and calm to just think.

The new school year has recently begun and as one of my colleagues so aptly stated, “seems like August was a really long month!” We can get so caught up in the day-to-day that reflection gets forgotten and ignored. It is this time of the new academic year that we may need reflection the most.

My reflection today revealed a “centering” reminder of what we should be doing in schools. Among the academic preparations that we must offer and impose on our students… essential in today’s world of high expectations and high-speed information exchange…we should strive to capture the enchantment of childhood and the making of memories. We must remember to not only teach, but also to connect with and know our students. We must create an environment that allows young brains to acquire the knowledge base and academic skills needed in our culture.   But just as equally important, our students must be aware of their own strengths and how to use those strengths to overcome any weaknesses they may have.  They must feel connected to something greater than themselves and embrace life-long learning.  This is no small task. The traditional academic expectations are always present, but fostering a love of learning and confidence in their own unique skills is just as critical.

Have you found time to reflect this week?

About the author: Rick Betts (Higoldenbear@twitter.com) – father of 3 beautiful daughters, husband to a far better wife than he deserves, and Assoc. Headmaster at Holy Innocents Episcopal School.

Photo: taken by the author on his vacation out west.

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Betts, Stephanie #

    Love it!!!!!!

    August 29, 2012
  2. Hi Rick. Great post. Earlier this week I heard myself ask a colleague if it was November yet! Yes, August has felt long at times. Thank you for the reminder to slow down, refocus, and do the most important work of all: connect with our students. I spent a wonderful and rich hour this morning in a faculty meeting talking about creating a culture based in the kind of knowing you address. More and more it is clear to me that students (and parents and teachers) hunger for the strong foundational relationships that foster and sustain life long learning. Thanks for your words.

    August 29, 2012
  3. Maryellen Berry #

    Really enjoyed reading your post this week. The power of reflection is often neglected or missed. Love the photo!

    August 31, 2012

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