2014-15 Goal: All Students Will Bloom

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When I think of flowers, I think of all the possible varieties, colors and locations where they can be.  Some plants need a lot of care while others seem to flourish with little or no attention necessary.  Some flowers grow in rocky areas courtesy of birds and other animals that have left the seeds behind.

This weekend I had the pleasure of observing moonflowers on three successive nights.  They are gorgeous white trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom ONE night for approximately 12 hours.  Here is a picture of one blooming.












(Moonflower courtesy of Julie’s garden)


Many schools have been in session for awhile during this 2014-2015 school year.  Other schools are beginning today.

 What flowers will grow in your classroom?  
What care will you provide to ensure that all are growing?  
How can they all “BLOOM” and reach their full potential?  
How many will bloom all year long?
How can we share the “blooms” with parents, family members and our entire community?


This post was also influenced by the book Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden.

16 responses

  1. Love the photo and the sentiment of blooming all year long. Beautiful, Fran.

    1. Thanks, Stacey! It was so fun to watch these flowers and to think about the fact that we all grow and bloom at different rates . . . but growing AND blooming is NOT optional!!! ❤

  2. Very cool flower, lucky you to see them. Love Mrs. Spitzer’ Garden! Powerful questions to keep in mind.

    1. Thanks so much!

      Beautiful flowers at my son and daughter-in-law’s house. So much to think about as we nurture our children. . . so important to have high expectations for ALL! 🙂

  3. The moonflower is gorgeous, Fran! Our students are like flowers, aren’t they? Each one needs slightly different conditions in order to flourish, but they CAN all bloom!

    1. They were so fun to watch! I think our students are like flowers and the combination of “needs” varies for each one! I just wanted to put the focus back on the students and not some “numbers” that need to be attained!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Catherine!

  4. We used to have moonflowers here in the backyard. They are so amazing. I love the connection you made here.

    1. Thanks, Betsy! I’ve never seen them before (except at Julie’s in Kentucky)! There are so many beautiful things in nature AND in our classrooms. We just need to pay attention! (And a bit different take on a growth mindset!)

  5. Love the thought of all students blooming. Each one bringing something unique to the garden. Each blooming at different times. All creating a blanket of beauty.

    1. Oh, Jessie! I love that “blanket of beauty” and “Each one bringing something unique to the garden.” Sometimes we forget to nourish that “uniqueness” on a regular basis.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  6. Thanks for some beautiful reminders at the beginning of the school year. (Our teachers sent home the first midterm report today!)

    1. Wow! Midterm already! I am sure that they included many positive statements about the students! We must share our hopes and dreams with them!

      Thanks for commenting!

  7. I’ve never heard of a moon flower. How beautiful. An what a reminder. Your post is matches Cathy’s at http://csskubik.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/no-smooshing/.

    1. Julieanne,
      I loved Cathy’s post. Definitely “no smooshing” – so easy to get side tracked by all the “we musts” that crop up and forget that our goal is healthy, blooming children!

  8. Love this, Fran – I feel the same way about starting the year with new kids. So much blossoming to look forward to!

    1. Thanks, Tara!
      Each year is about growth and blooming. (Such a better focus than “just” a number or two!)

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