This week I am so proud of my students. Many are working adults, from all walks of life, who squeeze time in for classes. Together they embarked on a literary journey to lay claim to a required course credit. Since the class IS required, I was quite surprised many left expressing they had a deeper appreciation for literature and a lessened fear of writing. Now that is something to raise my arms up in the air about! I want to power pose, snap my glasses on and proclaim…ohhh yeahhh!
Truly I am ecstatic and humbled. I had so many rock-star students this year, and I am honored they have a new outlook on literature and writing. Of course I’m not naive; many will not go on to pursue a literature degree and this is what I express:
“So you know what this means? Use the critical thinking skills you gained in class to help you in the profession you’re seeking. One day you’re going to ask for resources, maybe you’re building is collapsing, and you’ll need to request funds! You had better write a well supported-detailed letter; otherwise, you may get nothing. “
I am truly thankful they entered my classroom with a bit of optimism and diligence, allowing little ‘ole me to partake on their journey towards success.
Final message for all:
In the end, learning happens because you, me, we commit to the influence of change. We commit to the process that in one or two years we conquer a goal or two, or three–the key is we have a vision of goal(s). While the journey is the adventure, we must still make an appointment to be somewhere and dedicate ourselves to these goal(s). We cannot expect change to simply envelope us; we must diligently move forward and believe the journey is the lesson.