Hopes for School

My daughter Kallea is almost three, and being a father has been the greatest blessing of my life.  Being a dad is tough, and I feel like I have been crying non-stop for three years with either sad or happy tears.

Watching her grow up is fascinating, and I notice how incredible of a learner she is and how she has moments of great independence already, but can be followed up immediately by a need for support.

Here’s the deal…I have no clue how well she will do academically in school. She is incredibly smart in my eyes, but I genuinely believe that some of our smartest kids in school are not strong academically and we need to appreciate and celebrate their intelligence.

Here is what I do need to know, and I know we have control over.

  1. Will she feel valued in school?
  2. Will her teachers look to find and bring out her talents and strengths, or only focus on developing things she struggles to do?
  3. If she misses time in school, will she feel that her contributions are missed?

These are hopes I not only have for my daughter, but they are things that I strive for in my work for every single student during their entire time in education. I know nothing is ever that simple, but these are three questions I think about often. Of course, nothing will ever be 100%, and we all struggle to be the best we can be (I have realized this as a parent), but these three questions are ones that I believe could have a significant impact on all kids, as well as our staff.

Source: George Couros