#SOL17: August


What’s your future?

Lazy days of summer continuing?

Shear panic as school soon starts?

Last days of vacation?

A room to assemble?

Weeks to go?

Days?  Hours?  Minutes?

According to Your Students:

Is school their safe place?

Is school a friendly place?

Is school a kind place?

Who is welcomed?  Who is not?

Who are the heroes?  Who is not?

What do we read?

What do we write?

Whose interests are included?

Whose ideas are reflected?

Who matters?  

Will you bravely include ALL?  

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18 responses

  1. Great guiding questions! Two weeks from today, I WILL be ready! Glad I still have some time, though!

    1. Sally,
      It’s so “strange” that there are so many variations and some folks have already been back in school for two weeks!

  2. As I read your poem I couldn’t help but think about the importance of difference that is honored. How is difference truly understood as an asset?
    I’m fairly certain that this disposition is most important at school.

    1. Mary Ann,
      Honoring and respecting differences seems to be an important theme for the year!

  3. Fran, You ask so many important questions! I’m thinking. I’m thinking. Opening a new school means we, as a community of learners, will come to these answers together. I can’t wait!

    1. So important to build this community vision together, Michelle! ❤

  4. Fran — You are always so good about passing around the platter filled with food for thought. Yes, we are all in different places, but moving in the same direction. Happy new year!

    1. Happy new school year to you as well! So important to keep forward motion going!

  5. Fran, i think about this every year, but even more so this year.

    1. Adrienne,
      It makes my heart sing to know there are so MANY caring teachers at the same time I am saddened by this need at school! ❤

  6. I admit that when I was still teaching the questions on the right were always popping up in my mind as soon as August 1st rolled around. Great guiding questions, Fran. Something we all need to think about as the new school year begins.

    1. So important to have a plan in place for these topics!

  7. Entering my second week of school, Fran, and I’m realizing the importance of setting a tone of kindness and safety. My students need to feel safe and comfortable.

    1. So true, Margaret!
      No matter our age or life stage, we all need to feel safe, comfortable, and valued!

  8. Thank you for putting words to our call as children’s teachers.

    1. Aileen,
      So much more than academics every day!

  9. Yes, the beauty is in the differences. The first day of school, my classroom was filled with them. So glad to be with the future with hopes of teaching them to honor others.

    1. It truly is a blessing that ALL children are different, Julieanne. Honoring the differences is a key to becoming a community!

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