267. Nightly Choice

It's about 2 o'clock in the morning and I'm up. On a school night at that. But it's only because after my first day teaching, all I wanted to do was rest and nurse my back injury. 

Overall, it was a wonderful first day, and I'm spellbound at home awesome these children are. They were on top of it and it completely set the tone for the rest of the year. 

I was also proud of myself. I actually stepped out on a limb and did something different. 

I banished the concept of homework. Instead, I presented nightly choice.

After introducing our quote of the day by Walt Disney ("If you can dream it, you can do it") I talked to them about how Disney would get poor grades from sleeping in class because he would stay up all night to draw. I wanted them to know that their time is precious, and I want them to spend it on things they like to do. 

So we all talked about the things we really loved to do. I also told them to not be afraid to explore what they would like to do right now, that they didn't have to wait until they were grownups. 

I even had a student to tell me he wanted to be on Broadway and that he wanted to go home a write a skit. I was so impressed with this!

But, that just let me know one thing, our young people have dreams. If we do not foster their learning so that they enjoy life and be creative, then that love for learning and creativity will be snuffed out.

I will not be the one to do it.