TAPping on the dominant paradigm!
I thought nothing much happened today but then we walked the dogs and chatting to Kurt, and I realized that I had not been paying attention to the small, good signs. Have a tendency to focus on the negative and even apocalyptic.
Two girls came up separately and told me how much fun they had doing a garage sale, they’d raised almost $600 but they were most excited about how good it felt to get rid of stuff to people who would really be able to use it. Then a couple of journal entries where students say they ‘only raised $60 for the elephants and you can’t buy anything much with that, so we are going to do another bake sale and get some more.” Even after I reassured them that they have done the required amount of work for their project.
Three students told me they are loving biking around the place. One girl has got out her old bike and fixed it up and is going everywhere on it. Freedom! Two guys are riding to school regularly and loving it. This is independent of their projects for two of them. This is a very hilly and bike-unfriendly town so it’s a big deal.
The Achievement Board is so full I had to move the signs over. Kids do it without prompting and are clearly interested to see what everyone is up to. It now includes bags of garbage collected, number of signatures on a petition and measures other than money. It does engender a little competitiveness but hey, it’s for a good cause, I think that’s fine.
While journal entries do have a few ‘we can’t find time to schedule our bake sale’ and other problems I need to help them with, the majority sound very on the ball and up beat.
There’s much more excitement this year, much more evidence that they are self-starting with posters now being started without my prompting. It’s got into the local culture this year, it’s good for me to remember to be patient, that change can take a while but the slow push is starting to move the needle a little locally.
What small signs of hope are you seeing in your class room? In the world around you? Signs of hope, how great on this washed-clean blue May morning! Please share 🙂