All have strengths that we need to enhance.
All have weaknesses that we need to try and improve.
The types of students that come into my classroom are usually the ones that need something just a little bit out of the ordinary.
Don't get me wrong.
I teach English.
Can't forget about Math.
Spelling gets thrown in their, too. (Oops...made that mistake on purpose to see if you were paying attention.)
But I really want you to understand something about our classroom. Even though I teach all of those things mentioned, I also teach them about ... LIFE.
Life as a friend.
Life as a teacher.
Life as a listener.
Life as a "go-getter."
Life as a believer.
Life as a learner.
Life as a doer.
Life as a giver.
Life as a communicator.
Life as a .... person.
All of this happens through our everyday program that I've created called the P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. Program. It's not a program that is "separate" from the curriculum. It's not something that a teacher would have to do "extra."
It's a program that gets them to be ...who they are.
It gets them to be what they are destined to do.
It allows me to Provide Opportunities With Economic (and Educational) Results For Underage Learners.
It allows me to call up a former student to come down and help with our video morning announcements... because I know he's the ONLY one that could probably figure it out.
So, here's the story: Our video was going good... camera 1 was running, so was camera 2... audio ready... co-anchors ready... outside weather person in place... and I could go on and on about all of the things that were going RIGHT.
But, I tell my students all of the time..."It's not IF something goes wrong... it's WHEN something goes wrong, and how you handle it."
Well, at this point, we're JUST about to start the 8 minute show... and camera 2 goes blank on the computer. Totally going to throw off the whole show.
What do I do? Can't panic now. However, this is a pretty stressful situation as our broadcast goes out to over 600 students each morning... and they're counting on us to be on time!!!
Well, I tried to fix it of course (because the students run the whole show at this point in the year... but this was a MAJOR problem)... so I "stepped in" with all of my "teacher knowledge."
Couldn't fix it.
"Don't panic, Mark. Stay calm," I said to myself. "We're on the air in 1-minute."
I got an idea...
"Let's call Lucas."
So I called his teacher, and he rushes down (because he was formerly on the job... then he phased out under our peer-teaching program)... and then he naturally fixes it ...within SECONDS.
What a savior for this moment! The show goes off without another hitch, and I talked with all of the students about this very teachable moment.
Let's get to the point of the story, though:
Everyone has had a "Lucas" in their class.
Very active student, brain running a mile a minute... could be construed as a "difficult child to manage" by others that might not know him fully.
Not under the P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. Program, he's not.
He went through this program when I was teaching first grade, and I knew exactly what his strengths and weaknesses were (just like any child that has numerous jobs that I've interviewed, hired, taught, and worked with).
So I knew I could trust Lucas in this critical situation. I was only hopeful that he wasn't absent, or that he wasn't taking a test or something.
And I made sure I told his parents the next time I saw them, what a great help he was that day... just like I would to all of my students if the opportunity ever presented itself to do so.
Because they ALL have strengths.
It's OUR job to enhance them.
Thank you Lucas.... and thank you to "The P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. Program."