Always Grow

Have you ever planted something? Maybe you have a house plant you care for daily? Watching what you planted grow gives you a special feeling. Take a few minutes to look around at everything someone has planted and you see growing. It may take some imagination if you have lots of snow!

People have so much power in the process of growth. It is not only the seeds we place in the soil but the words, actions, ideas, and resources we put in the paths of others or provide for ourselves, which develop.

We are always growing because we are always learning. Some of the lessons we receive are tough, but it is through those we can find our true direction.

Children need to learn this process as they grow. I have had this debate for it seems decades. I will continue to plead students who fail an assignment or test should not just move on and a grade is placed in the grade book. In addition, homework not completed should not receive a zero and be forgotten.

Children who live in poverty or difficult situations may not have the ability to complete the homework. This then becomes an assessment of the support system and not the student’s ability. When students are not able to redo work they failed many messages are sent to them maybe without the teachers intent, but it still happens.

There is no growth happening when children are just pushed forward without taking ownership in their learning. Mistakes are the best way to learn!

Please read the attached article from Education Week by Angela Duckworth. It is absolutely an excellent example for all learners as we build self-efficacy as students lead their learning. #Bethesilutiondaily

https://www.edweek.org/leadership/opinion-to-increase-persistence-write-about-success/2021/01

Published by Brenda Yoho

Christian,Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aspiring Author, Motivator, Survivor, Leader, Coach, Mentor and a service agent living a life of purpose. Started my career in education as a teaching assistant, moved into the teaching role, followed by administration serving as Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Educational Support Programs. Over my more than two decades of educational experience I have served as the Illinois Principals Association Illini Region Director and most recently as a mentor/coach for principals. In addition, I have presented at their conferences over the years. In my final years in administration I served also as the Illinois Association of Title Directors Vice President and Treasurer. I am a survivor of an indirect hit of lightning and an almost fatal accident with a semi truck that hit the car I was traveling in with my family. My daughter, granddaughter and close friend survived as well! My injuries were the most significant leaving lifelong damages.

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