We held two short-term teacher training events and three short-term exchanges of groups of pupils. In the spirit of Star Wars, we called them Episodes I – V.
We all seem to worry too much about the future. Yet we need to focus on what is and do our tasks as best we can. Here and now. In other words, there is no need to be overwhelmed by the mountain before us – all we have to do is start climbing.
Education is messy, and so are our classrooms, but we must be aware of our successes. It is, therefore, imperative for us to be as mindful and reflective of our achievements as we are of our challenges.
Are we working harder than our students? If so, we may end up feeling exhausted and emotionally drained. So the balance between giving and taking must be adequately maintained at school and in running this project’s activities.
Many students are so much more than their teachers can see. Why don’t we learn about their hopes and fears, culture and mindset before judging them? After all, academic data is not all there is.
Most students need our support, but one day, they will be ready to do it all by themselves. If they fall, this is how they learn. Our task then is to encourage our students to get up, dust themselves off, and try it all again. And again. Until they reach their goals.
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