It is a passion of mine to promote the idea that everyone has a talent or strength – and it is our duty as parents and educators to nurture and celebrate our children’s successes.
We all know the children who ‘fail’ in the classroom but excel on the sports field. Children who struggle with writing but are amazing actors or singers.
As teachers, we must focus on what is going on in the classroom, that’s for sure.
But we must also be mindful that in every class there will be children who have talents for telling jokes, drawing, juggling, impressions, rapping. Let’s give these children opportunities to shine. They will be seen differently amongst their peers – I have personally seen this happen many times. If a child shows the world that they are talented then their self-esteem will explode.
It is true that us Brits find it hard to ‘blow our own trumpet’ but I’m going to go against the grain and tell you about two successes I experienced recently.
I was promoted to Assistant SENCO and went through quite a stressful interviewing process. But I tried to remain calm and managed to get across my passion and desire to support and teach children with special needs. One of my slides epitomises my philosophy in life….EVERYBODY CAN BE SOMEBODY
I believe this is true. Everybody CAN be somebody – we just need to create the right environment to make this happen.
Incidentally this actually was my children’s school song. I’d downloaded it as a sound file and put a link on the slide. Imagine the scene….final slide of the interview, feeling slightly relieved I was near the end, clicked on the icon to play the song and …………nothing except an error message. So what was a girl to do? Sing the song of course! I’m not sure it was my tone-deaf singing or my chutzpah (audacity) but I got the job 🙂
My second success is that I had an interview published. I love Clicker as my colleagues will tell you. It is a fabulous software that I use extensively to aid children’s writing. I promote it wherever I can as I really feel that with the right support in place, children will be successful writers. You can read the interview here.
I am happy to report that if you would like a version to use at home I have managed to get you a 5% discount. Just email me for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
So I feel a little self righteous talking about my success. However that is my point.
We need to promote success.
Talk about success.
We want our children to feel good about themselves. Happy and confident. Find the one thing they are good at. And celebrate like crazy
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