I’m definitely a glass half-full, give ‘em the benefit of the doubt, positive thinking type. Really. But when my physical education teacher called me to the gym yesterday to ‘see the basketball talents’ of one of our students, I assumed this was her idea to give him a little boost in self-esteem. No problem with that. I was happy to come.
Boy was I wrong.
This tiny seven year old had moves I don’t have the basketball jargon to describe. All I can say is he maneuvered that ball like a pro and made shots that I THOUGHT FOR SURE he would miss.
So much for that glass being half-full.
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We know the truism that students live up to our expectations. And we pride ourselves on setting expectations at appropriately challenging levels. But this scenario got us thinking. Can our students (or can we) do more than we think? What perceived barriers are holding us back?
Growing up, we had many voices planting seeds in our subconscious minds. Some seeds were positive “You can do anything you want to do if you work hard.” Others were well-intentioned, but rather than lift us up, they forced us to set limits on our lives – “You want to have something to fall back on, just in case that dream of yours doesn’t pan out.”
As we go about our days with the children in our lives, we want to plant only the finest of seeds. This might mean breaking self-imposed limits or cleverly disguised negativity.
Glass-half-full thinking, as we learned, is not enough. It’s time to think glass overflowing and spilling out onto the floor.
What seeds are you planting in the lives of others?
We’d love to hear.
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Darla & Jen