Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Explore! Dream! Discover!

When Lizzy came to my office after her first day of school, she was relaxed and happy. I could see the spring in her step and the twinkle in her eye. She talked enthusiastically about her new 8th grade classes and the exciting things they held in store. Youtube in Jean Cortes' math class. Measuring the real-time sprints of Mr. Chuhta's dog in science class. A music software in Mr. Shalinski's class that allows you to practice your instrument at home along with the rest of the band. Watching Lord of the Flies as the prelude to Mr. Haynie's civics class.

Lizzy also talked about the passion she felt in her teachers. "It's obvious that Mrs. Cortes LOVES math ... she's IN LOVE with math."

How lucky that my kids are surrounded by role models who have a passion for what they do.

They are learning, without even knowing it, one of life's most precious secrets to lifelong happiness and success.

You can do what you love and love what you do.

My kids will discover their passions here. They can try new things, master new skills, and be open to learning in all its forms -- through success and failure, understanding that comes easily or has to be wrestled to the ground, through Eureka! moments in a team of people or in solitude.

It all begins with the courage and confidence to take those first steps into the unknown. You may be a little nervous and excited those first days, but you know in your heart that you can take on the challenge and that people around you are cheering for you.

How lucky my kids are. How lucky I am.

Mark Twain said,

'Years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did NOT do… than by the ones you DID do. So throw off the bow lines! Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!"

Best wishes to all our students in their new school year.

Note: Thank you to the person who took this picture.

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