What a fantastic celebration today at Franklin. We had writing by all grades in our school. From Kindergarten to Grade 7, students displayed the work they have done from simple stories to assignments on their websites.
Thanks so much to all the staff for their great work in preparing for today. Thanks to the grade 7 students for all their help with the younger grades' presentations.
Thank you to all the parents who came to see the wonderful work of our students.
In all of my professional reading on leadership, one of the main messages is: Realationships, relationships, relationships.
It is so important to be aware of how we interact with others. This is a skill that I have been working on for some time now. I have not always had the ability to speak to others with consideration that I use now. I have come to learn that we must truly be respectful of others.
I never assume that someone is not working hard enough, giving their best or operating with malice. I have learned that all of us have our own stories, we bring our own baggage and it is wise to consider that others may be struggling for one reason or another.
One of the first things I do now is to smile and ask someone how they are before I hit them with a request or piece of information. I have found that this simple approach goes a long way.
Don't assume that others are lazy or incompetent. Assume they know what they are doing, and if they need assistance or understanding, provide that to them.
Approach others with a smile and a kind word.
What is that thing that drives some to be better each day, and yet others are content to remain static? As an 'average Joe' I understand the value of hard work. Nothing comes easy to most of us, so we have to compensate by working with vigor.
It is our job as teachers and parents to help instil that intrinsic motivation. Teach children a sense of pride and self-worth. It isn't until around the age of 12 that most children are able to be intrinsically motivated. They function on a concrete level. This means the 'reward - punishment' paradigm is what drives them. So how do we teach students to do the job to the best of their abilities just for the sake of doing a job well?
I believe that we must model this behaviour and push students to be their best, even when they don't want to, or think they can.
I vehemently believe in doing the best we can. I hold high standards, not just for my students, but for myself and others. I believe that we all should hold our children to high standards and teach them to give their all each and every time.
I know this is the end of the year, and I am just starting, but I want to tell all of the students and their parents how much I have enjoyed my first year at Franklin.
The students are wonderful and I have really enjoyed the community feel at this wonderful little school in our corner of Vancouver.
I know we will have a great end to the year. June will be a lot of fun.