"One person can make a difference, and every person should try."
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I am continually surprised by my students. Being in the Art room, and also generally 'around', I have the privilege of being able to watch students in a different context than the classroom. I also am able to plan kinesthetic lessons that appeal to the create right-hand side of their brains, which means I often see different behaviour than their classroom teachers.
Last week, while on duty, I spotted some children who were beginning to make silly choices in the playground, and invited them to help me run a softball game with the juniors. Well! Not only did they help me run this softball game, they actually stood with the children, teaching them to catch, and to hit, and to field. It was a real proud moment for me, and a reminder of the different ways that we as teachers can inspire our students to succeed in life, not just the classroom.
May they continue to inspire me...