I had one of those moments today that just makes you grin from ear to ear like a total idiot for far longer than is socially acceptable. :D
My kids had Guidance class as a special today and while the teacher was in our room, I slipped out to prepare our flight field (also known as the old cafeteria...) for our big plane launch. This is the actual conversation that was taking place as I walked back into the room.
Student to the teacher: "Did you know you're a genius?"
All students in varying degrees of unison: "Yeah! We're ALL geniuses!!"
One student running to the whiteboard: "This is a list of what makes us geniuses!"
Alright... It was a pretty one-sided conversation and I'm not sure the Guidance teacher quite understood what was going on or why, but it totally made my life worth living at that moment - These students GET IT! They know that they have genius. They know they can make a contribution to the world. And now they want to share it. As an educator, I think this is about as good as it gets!
So. Tomorrow's genius word of the day is "Imagination". I think we're going to imagine all of the different ways we can tell other kids in our school about THEIR genius, then we're going to roll up our sleeves and start spreading the message. If you have any suggestions to get them started, please leave a comment! They ask every day if anyone has left them a new message, and the light shining from those little faces is just beautiful.
On a side note, I was planning to share our data with you about our test flight today, but two of our geniuses went home with suspected strep throat and we didn't want to do it without them! That may be a weekend project for Mrs. Sigler. :)
Thank you for reading with us, and make sure to tell your children or your own students every day about their genius, regardless of their age. If you believe it, they will too.