In the last year and a half I’ve been blessed with opportunities in travel. The coast of California, the coast of Florida, and the coast of Hawaii. Beautiful places, all of which I hope to return to again!
Along with many other aspects of God’s creation in nature, one in which I marvel is the ocean – an immense, powerful, astounding, and beautiful entity, sometimes intimidating yet often soothing with sounds of the waves coming and going.
As you walk a beach, which now I’ve had the chance to experience several different types from rocky to hard-packed easy-walking to soft and “fluffy,” from cold waters to warm, the ocean comes to all of them. It has picked up and has carried along the unknown until it leaves certain things to be discovered. Evidence of where it’s coming from.
As you’re reading and learning something new this summer or if you’re already in the high tide of classroom to-do’s as prep for the year gets underway, what things will be carried all the way to the “beach” for your students to discover and experience with you – literature, new programs or curriculum, use of technology tools, extra measures to allow for student creativity and discovery, a classroom management technique, or carving out time to collaborate with peers?
Don’t worry that it takes super duper fancy things to make an impact. Sometimes the beauty lies in simple statements and efforts – smiles and greetings at the door each morning – leaving an impression or remarkable finds in the pathway of learning, perhaps helping students’ discover a gift or talent. Whatever it is that you bring to your students….have a beautiful school year!