Would you spin around until you get dizzy and then fall down on a single blade of grass? I would guess not.
Would you spin around until you get dizzy and then fall down on a lawn? If you’re a kid you would. It’s fun, and the lawn, thousands of single blades of grass standing together, would cushion your fall.
When you think of a lawn do you think of thousands of single blades of grass standing together? I don’t. I simply think of lawn; one thing.
My intention here is not to diminish the importance of each individual thing that makes up a whole, but rather to emphasize the fact that it takes every single one of the individual things inside of the whole that they’re in to make the whole whole…holistically, that is.
It’s been said in many ways: It takes a village, a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, alone we can do so little; together we can do so much, I couldn’t fix your brakes so I made your horn louder, and so on…the list is endless. It’s well understood and appreciated that collaboration and community are essential keys to learning and growth.
While we do get some wonderful down time during the summer, educators spend much of that time thinking about and planning for enhanced practices for the fall. I say we should do so on the foundation that we’re not alone in our mission to enrich the lives of the students we serve.
Three simple questions are helping me remember that while unique and important, I’m but a blade of grass within the lush, green, thriving, & cushiony, lawn that is the school community in which I serve:
- How will my practice invoke & demonstrate value for partnerships with the teachers I serve?
- How will my practice invoke & demonstrate value for partnerships with the parents I serve?
- How will my practice invoke & demonstrate value for partnerships with the students I serve?
How will yours? Don’t attempt to go it alone. Be a strong link but a link none the less. Value the chain. Take pride in the state of the lawn. Plan for collaboration. Be intentional about it. The learning and the lives of all involved will be enhanced.
Now go spin around on until you get dizzy and then fall down laughing (preferably on something soft).
Live. Love. Listen. Learn. Lead.