In this crazy busy world that’s full of distractions, it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking things off the to-do list. It’s also easy to get bogged down and feel defeated by all the things we haven’t gotten around to doing yet or didn’t have time to do as well as we know we should have.
In his opening address to the faculty this year, Head of School Brent Bell encouraged the faculty and staff to actively work against getting wrapped up in the whirlwind of things we have to do and the disappointment that comes from feeling like we’re underperforming. Mr. Bell gave us four simple phrases to help us remember the importance of making the most of every moment - Arrive. Connect. Press on. Keep your head up. I cannot think of a more appropriate sentiment to pass on to our students!
When fifth-graders arrived at school this year, they each found a small poster reminding them of these four phrase posted inside their cubby. At
Arrive – Don’t just show up. Enter into each activity with a good attitude and come ready to participate. Even when you might feel sad or upset about something, try to put it aside and focus on what you’re doing in that moment.
Connect – Try to make new friends where ever you are. Make sure everyone feels welcome and included. Don’t just sit and not do anything because you’re afraid you might not be good at something. Jump in and try; you might be good at it after all. Don’t be on your phone all the time.
Press on – If you make a bad grade, find out what you need to do to get better. If you’re frustrated and can’t figure something out, ask for help or try doing it a different way. Don’t get down on yourself because you’re not good at something the first time you try it. Keep working and you’ll probably get better.
Keep your head up – Things are going to disappoint you, but you can’t let it ruin your whole day. Remember that even if you might have made a mistake there are lots of other things you’ve done really well. Don’t let the stuff you mess up on define you and make you feel bad about yourself. Messing up is part of learning and it shows you’re trying.
Last week we were excited to have Mr. Bell come so we could share our thoughts with him. In turn, he shared why these phrases were important to him each day. It was powerful for fifth-graders to see
What a wonderful opportunity to for students at this young age to acknowledge the fact that they have control over their learning and their success. This is a powerful message that I hope the students take with them and apply in each aspect of their lives.