This week's CAS challenge is inspired by a word: SCHOOL.
Kids are expected to meet certain benchmarks as they progress through school. The benchmarks are heavy on the academics, of course-- more easily assessed, I suppose. As an educator, I’d chafe under all those expectations and assessments, hoping that whatever the kids learn in my classroom helped them become self-reliant, contributing members of their community. And keep things practical.
Since retiring, I’ve volunteered in a first grade classroom taught by a friend and former colleague-- an incredibly brilliant, wise teacher named Shari. She makes it a practice for kids to learn to tie their own shoelaces, and won’t provide that service for them after winter break. Talk about a benchmark! Kids and parents really get on board with this one, and each child celebrates meeting his or her goal.
So. Congratulations to all who succeed in meeting their goals.
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2012 GMT Views: 1588
Registered: July 25, 2011 Location: Georgia Posts: 34622
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 @ 5:42 AM
Oh Brenda!! This is absolutely fabulous!!!! I love your laced up bow on your card!!!! I love how you think outside of the box!!! We forget that learning to tie a shoe is a growth step too! Our little guy couldn't tie his shoes because of motor skill issues until he was about 10! It was a celebration when he learned!!!
This is adorable! I love your stamp.
I have to say I so admire people who are teachers. Now or retired! It takes a special person. I was so fortunate to have some great teachers when I was a child growing up. So thanks for all you did for our children and what you continue to do.