And showing people how much they matter is the foundation of education.
When I close my eyes, I find peace in remembering the sounds of the ocean...moreso than in the sounds of other people's affirmations.
It would be interesting to do a walk through our schools as if we were seeing these spaces for the first time and to ask ourselves what messages our environment is sending to our students.
Adults and children alike yearn to be seen, known, and celebrated for who they are and what makes them uniquely special. Everyone wants to be respected as a human being. And we all are learners are our core, so let's embrace that and see every moment with people as an opportunity to learn together.
When we razzle dazzle others, we inspire them to ENJOY in very authentic ways. And we get to experience who they are on a deeper level as a result.
How might we bring light, color, or sound into our virtual settings? Joy gives us deeper access to our brains, our potential, and each other. And joy simply is not hard to find or create with a few small moves.
There are billions of beautiful little moments going on around the world that we may never know about, and I'm on a mission to find some of them.
It is such a profound honor to support educators who are doing the hard work of making this world a better place for kids. I don't ever want to take that for granted. I don't ever want to take educators for granted. We need the work of educators perhaps more than ever.