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Friday, January 6, 2012

When educators reflect as parents...

As a principal, one of my favorite things to do is listen to success stories shared by the teachers. As a father, one of my favorite things to do is listen to success stories shared by other parents. When the two worlds collide, the moment is even more special.

One of our brilliant educators recently shared the following (names have been changed):

Last night, Tommy was excited to share something with me.  He began to explain how he recognized that his weakness is forgetting to write things in his agenda and acknowledged that he needs to be better organized. GASP!  Is he growing up?  The story continues…he pulled out his i-pod and showed me how, with the approval of his teachers, he is using his i-pod to either record his homework, or create a list of required materials and assignments that he needs to remember.  Now, we are only a few days into the “new system” but it seems to be working.  Eric and I could not be happier.  I had no idea that the i-pod could offer that to him and he figured it out on his own.
 
I’d like to assume to following: 
1. This generation is way more technologically savvy than we sometimes realize.
2. By providing the proper tools, this generation is capable of overcoming obstacles in
ways we sometimes don’t even consider.
3. Sometimes when we give a little, much is gained.


Hmm..."Sometimes when we give a little, much is gained."

Enough said.

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