Hello! I'm excited to share my thoughts with you about education today. My favorite topics: creating dynamic, learning classrooms that support kids; how we support play, discovery, and balance; how we raise healthy and caring kids...and how we can be our best selves everyday. Thanks for reading! -- Julie Page
Monday, September 25, 2017
September 25, 2017
Be a Champion and Build Resiliency
When you were a child, who was your Champion? What adult in
your influenced you? Who stood up for you through thick and thin? Encouraged
you? Was it your parent? An aunt or uncle, grandparent? Teacher? Family Friend?
At our Back to School Night evening, I touched upon a couple
of very important topics that are near and dear to me. First of all I addressed
I addressed the concept of the role that all adults can play in our children’s
lives - the role of Champion. Secondly I talked about how to build resiliency in our kids -- how to focus on effort rather than test
scores or grades, and how to praise specifically for perseverance.
The two are closely linked.
Dr. Robert Brooks says: “Research studies
have found that adults who overcame adversity and misfortune have at least one
thing in common: someone in their life who believed in
them and stood by them.”
Psychologist Julius Segal comments along the same
“…One factor for resilience turns out to be the presence in their lives of a
charismatic adult—a person with whom they can identify and
from whom they gather strength.And in a surprising number
of cases, that person turns out to be a teacher.”
We know is that a Champions in a student’s life can
be parents, teachers, relatives, or neighbors -- any adult who has a strong
supportive relationship with a child. That includes volunteers at school –
which is why I so strongly support Project Cornerstone’s ABC Reader Program.
For more information, click on this link:
We have a strong
program at our school – and always welcome more caring adults to read to our
kids. Please let me know if you would like more information and would like to
volunteer. We are all Champions here at school!
“Every child deserves a champion — an
adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection,
and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”