After the winter comes the spring.

It was a long winter for us in this part of the world.  Yet, here we are with long lingering evenings and the kiss of warm sun on our cheeks.

Today I delighted in the smell of growing things.  We dug in the garden and mowed the lawn and the air was filled with the fragrance of life.  I pulled the weeds as my ‘Little Bird’ clipped the plants into life.  We call our growing things ‘worthy’ as we tend to their health.

Like Little Strawberries

I meditated as I bent over the earth, on the little green leaves and early fruit poking through the soil.  Take my little strawberries, delicate and new, a gift from the parent-league at my school.  Just as I cherish them with tenderness, I also cherish the children in my world.  My life has always oriented around the children, big and small.  While my days are filled with the grown-ups (teachers, staff, and parents), it is the children for whom we work.

Worthy

I love how my world orients in this way because I am privileged to dig into the soul of what matters most in teaching and learning, the soul of education.

When I muse on this idea, I realize how much I cherish the children.  When I design and hold a space for them, one of my deepest purposes is to create a space where each and every one of them feels worthy.

For children, often there are winters before springs and the seasons are always shifting.  Some are beautiful most of the time, while others feel thornier.  Yet, all are worthy.  Worthiness becomes a grid for what matters.

Does it matter that a student didn’t read last night, an exam was less than illustrious, or the uniform is yet again non-compliant?  Against the backdrop of “Do you feel worthy in this space?” I find easy answers to so many of the concerns in the day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t have expectations that are high and remain warmly demanding, but I’m sure we must take the perspective of what matters most.  Often lacklustre performance or unacceptable behaviour stems from a deep sense of unworthiness.

We must hold all children with gentleness and care.  They are our treasures.  Every one of them.

I am grateful for the teachers and team around me!   They are masterful at ensuring students feel worthy before they need to perform. It is a moment-by-moment practice of attachment.  Parents and educators, how can we invite and encourage children with our eyes and tone, before we even name our expectations?  We can help them feel worthy?  Let’s keep practicing together.

We are better at growing little things together.

For the sake of the children,

Karine