Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
Wow…what a week! Every day was one of those intense teaching days, and I left school exhilarated by the work my kids were doing…but exhausted, too. And, there was so much going on in the world beyond my classroom, of course, that I also felt deeply connected to. So, here’s to celebrating the week :
1. I celebrated that Malala Yousafzai was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Let’s hope that this courageous young woman wins the prize this time – for her activism, her bravery, her resilient and forgiving spirit.
2. And I celebrated the life of Pete Seeger, who passed away on Monday. Another activist, another amazing individual who believed that each day brought a new opportunity to participate in the endeavor to make this world a better place.
3. There is much to celebrate when it comes to these three young ladies: my Olivia (she’s the one in the middle) and her friends Julianne and Rebecca.
They began singing together in their freshman year of high school, and, when their choir director refused to help them start an a cappella group (although he didn’t have any trouble finding time to help the boys start just such a group!), they took matters into their own hands. The three of them conducted their own auditions, arranged their own music, and found venues to perform all around town. As Livy write in her college essay, that “no” became a challenge and a lesson in life – if you want something, work hard to make it happen. And they did. “The Crazy Pitches” had a great run all through the girls’ high school years. The original three, though, always kept their little core group alive through vacation jam sessions. Livy, who would normally sleep late into the afternoon on holiday, would be up and at it with her musical partners amazingly early on practice days. They love what thy do, they work hard at it…and today they are driving up to Providence Rhode Island at he invitation of America’s Got Talent. Who knows what will come of today’s audition – but I celebrate three gutsy and talented young women who learned early that someone else’s “no” is often just the start to making your own dreams come true.
4. We’re halfway through the school year now, and I asked my students to write letters to me: what’s going well with block for you? what do you enjoy? what’s not going well? where can I, your teacher, improve? Late on Friday evening, once the building had cleared of all students and I had set up our classroom for the week ahead, I made myself a cup of tea and read through these letters. These lines really stuck with me: “I love that we are a trust based community. We trust you to be prepared to teach us what we need to know and do. You trust us to give our best effort.” At the end of the day, that really sums up my teaching life, and the learning community in room 202.
Happy Celebration Saturday, and now I’m off to enjoy others’ celebrations.