Literally and figuratively, I have to move. I have to physically move each day as I build strength and stamina; as well as moving toward my goal and moving toward the One who gives me life.
Books are to be mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors in our students lives. A mirror when they are able to see themselves, a window so they can see others around them, and sliding glass doors so they can learn about those outside of their current world. I am Jazz is a simple picture book of acceptance and the art of being yourself.
As educators, what an incredible opportunity we have within the first days of school to share this message to our students to help them share their differences with their classmates. When we have courage to introduce who we really are and are kind in accepting those who are different from us; we may find commonalities to make our classrooms a safe place that we look forward to returning to everyday.
Dale Carnegie writes in this weeks quote that "most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." What important things can you accomplish by not giving up during this time of hopelessness? Where can you succeed among the hardest time of your life? What can you do this year that will allow you to smile when you look back on 2020?
I held back tears the first time I read All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold aloud to my family. I knew immediately that this book needed to be shared with everyone of my students during the first weeks of school. Every year, I need to establish from the very beginning that each individual child is welcome in my classroom. No matter what skin color you have, no matter what clothes you wear, no matter what higher power you believe in, no matter how much or how little money your family has, no matter what gender you are, no matter what _____________________ ...