+Spike Cook said it perfectly in our small voxer group that was created to help with these questions. Spike is one of the most reflective leaders that I have ever met. I know from personal experience, we have done instructional rounds together and reflected on lessons face to face. He said, "I understand it, I get it." That is all I needed. Spike has been someone that I have looked up to in "real life" and on social media for a while.
All that being said, I had a former student get arrested last night. $132,000 bail, 575 grams heroin, guns, endangering minors, etc. 10-15 years probably in jail. This was not the first time, I have had former students get shot, died, etc. This one was special though. He was me, same personality, same demeanor, I look in mirror, and although we looked different, he was me.
This was the text I got this morning. After that message was the link to the news story in our local paper. Out of respect I am not posting that link. The message below is clear, we are angry that someone that we loved is in this situation.
I cried.... I was planning a professional development day of positive energy! That did not happen... I was negative, I led off with this story and told the story of how we need to be there for "our kids" and if we don't prepare them, we all failed. It was dead silent. I then went on to review state test results, I was all negative, my message was all negative. My math coach +Jessica Hoban saved me and acknowledge some positive, but I wanted everyone to suffer as I had early crying in my office. It was selfish.
I want to apologize to my #cddolphins, as this story was not yours, it was mine. I love my kids, I want all educators to love their kids too. I go to bed thinking of them. If they too are going to bed or sleeping at all. I greet them on the bus court every morning, look in their eyes every day to see if they are ready. If not, I pull them aside or hang on to them to make sure. I need this check!
I sometime hear or see some connected educators talk about issues that are not important, and I wonder if they look in every kids' eyes every day to see if they are ready to be there and ready to learn. I look, I observe, I get in your face if necessary, we all need to do that. We are so important, and we need to make sure that every day we realize this, every minute. Have fun! I am all for it, but look in your kids eyes and see what they see!