What INSPIRES You??
Over vacation, my sister Robyn (a preschool and ballet teacher) and I talked about a class she took. The question posed of all participants was: What inspires you? We talked about how we have the inclination to throw out the usual answers – our children, our students, music, etc… But the answers we talked about didn’t seem specific enough….
Specifically, what is it about our family, or our students, or anything else that inspires us? What is it that inspires people to run a marathon, to fight an illness, to create a masterpiece, to overcome adversity in life? The answer is different for each individual.
Even more important, what inspires our children? In the “Self-Esteem Pie”, I believe inspiration is one of the necessary slices. Feeling inspired is motivating, it cultivates creativity, and it is a very powerful feeling for children.
For example, Kendyl is currently inspired by everything having to do with The Beatles. Her inspiration reaches far beyond the band itself to include topics such as England, Germany, the BBC, guitars, poetry, the 1960’s, etc… Her confidence level soars when she can make connections to that which inspires her.
So, what inspires you? What inspires your child? Spend some time talking about it… you’ll be glad you did!
What’s to Come:
Please don’t make me write June dates on our calendar!! I love your children this time of year, but looking at June on the calendar makes me very sad.
Today, my friend Jerry Blumengarten visited our classroom (see pics below). He shared his enthusiasm for writing with my little friends in Room 204 and I felt so proud, having him visit. Talk about exciting!! Check out “CybraryMan” online, and see what all the inspiration is about!
One of my VERY favorites. I think you people are ready!
Homework?? Ugh. Yes, there’s homework:
During computer lab today, students created a “thank you” card on Wallwisher – check it out!!
And last, but not least – I received my first Paper Tweet, hee!!