When we get together as a family, we are somewhat strange, because we discuss and explore the idea of change-making with great frequency.  We lean into inspiration, reading, and relationships to discuss big ideas, social issues, and explore our best and highest contribution.

This weekend we watched two motivating movies, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and the documentary The Mayo Clinic – Faith, Hope, Science.  We discussed the new abortion laws sweeping the United States and gender equity in our society.  Our minds moved to national and international issues.  And, we always hold the question, “What matters most?”

Essential Questions

The essential question found in the movies and our hearts belongs in education too:  What do we owe each other in terms of taking care of each other?”

How can we set the stage for students to become change-makers?

What heals?

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The Common Good

The focus is on the common good.  In the age of individualism, we must constantly be reminded we are a village.  The tribe must hold each other.  Linking arms cheers and encourages.

On the playground, in the learning circle, and amidst the assigned project, students can be challenged to think of others and build consensus.  Classrooms are microcosms of creating community. When they are diverse, we learn intimately how to empathize, get along, and contribute in meaningful ways.

Students in our schools can learn to harness their will, resources, and minds for the common good.

It’s right at the soul of education, the transformation of ‘me’ to ‘we.’

Practically Speaking…

Here are five easy ideas to refresh a change-making culture in your classroom, home, or school this week:

  • Brainstorm ways every student can improve the school community as a change-maker today (i.e. smile, greet others, speak to a lonely student, pick up trash, etc).
  • Use the phrase “We’re a learning family…” as many times as you can in one day.
  • Create a class encouragement card for no reason and ensure everyone signs it.
  • Find a buzzer, bell, or whistle that a student may use once each block to highlight and appreciate another classroom change-maker.
  • Do a project to make younger students feel great (i.e. book buddies, lunch pals, or tutors).

Empowering students to express, gentleness, empathy, and kindness often teaches, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

For the sake of the children,