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In the October 1 blog readers of What’s Right in Education were challenged to “take action” and “share” content. The blog also included a “why share” (on Facebook) message:

Why Share? Even if my friends are not educators, many of them are parents or grandparents. In addition, some represent disenfranchised groups and groups representing those who cannot speak up for themselves like animals. In less than 30 minutes six of my friends engaged with it. So, my posting the link meant that I shared awareness with more than 1,800 individuals (my friends as well as friends of friends). Wow! Find the National Bullying Prevention Center’s Social Media Sites here.

As teachers and leaders we are often asked to do so much. One might argue that “awareness” months are “just one more thing,” although I hope this is not the case; our priority as educators is children. We want to provide children with a great place to learn. This includes providing a safe environment, caring for each child, and engaging each child with great teachers. It also includes establishing confidence in parents that their child is getting a great education.

Why the importance? The video below explores bullying through the eyes of students and parents (StopBullying.gov).

Why the importance? Several weeks ago a colleague introduced me to a book How Will You Measure Your Life? In one of the chapters the authors suggest readers view various aspects of their professional and personal lives by asking what job they expect something in particular to do for them. For example, what job do I expect work to do for me? I may expect work to satisfy my need to feel challenged and successful. In the same chapter Christensen and his colleagues focus on what children want by posting this question: For any something children participate in what do the children want that something to do for them? The answer:

Children want to feel successful and do so with friends, every day.

In reflecting on this response we realize how simple yet enlightening this response is and how we as teachers can refocus our thinking for the purpose of engaging students with us and others in a meaningful classroom learning environment. Teaching is a calling. We help children and young people with what they need – to feel successful and do so with friends, every day – through education.

 

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Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon. (2012). How Will You Measure Your Life? New York, NY: HarperCollins.

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