Teachable Moments Must Be Mutually Teachable…

As a divorced mother of three, founder of Love In Abundance, facilitator for programs with students, author of the College Must Begin in 8th Grade™ series, avid researcher of all things children, and soon owner of a for profit business; there is a tendency to expect others to understand some things just because it appears to be the norm or the expected… My students keep me humble and make things real…

LIA, Random Acts of Kindness

Tuesday’s assignment was “Random Acts of Kindness”.  One the form was listed three different acts students were responsible for carrying out, to be delivered and discussed on Thursday. One action involved extending a kindness to a teacher-not yet on the students list of favorite people. One action required going to a parent or guardian and telling them something they were thankful for and the difference having it makes in their life. The final act involved a student, not normally on her list of friends or associates, to expand her knowledge of self and others. Everything intended went a rye when it became clear that the students did not really understand the assignment, because many did not fully understand “random kindness…”

The learned lesson was, clarify all points of expression, even when it appears abundantly clear to self or is in alignment wit the expectation of others. Ask far more leading questions when the intent is to create within students the common courtesies that were once every child’s expectations or realities. The alternative would be unclear as the sign listed above, which means the message intended will be missed.