I finally popped my Teacher’s College Reunion bubble with weekend! I traveled into the city with 4 of my colleagues, all veteran TC reunion goers, all bubbling with excitement. I had no idea what to expect.
We funneled into Riverside Church to hear the opening keynote speaker, Jason Reynolds. I could not believe how many people were there and how chipper everyone was so early in the morning. I sat down to listen.
Jason Reynolds began talking. One of the first things he said was “we are all growing, nobody is grown.” Throughout the story he told (the story of his life) I kept coming back and thinking about this one line.
I am definitely “a lifelong learner.” I am always growing as a person and an educator, always seeking out new opportunities and challenges. But not everyone sees themselves that way.
Many of my students don’t push themselves to learn or do more than what is expected of them. They don’t challenge themselves to grow. When they are done, they are done. Some even see themselves as being the best at everything, almost appearing to be “know-it-all’s.”
So I’m left pondering… how do I make my students see that “we are all growing, nobody is grown?”