WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO?
Seriously, it flew by, didn’t it? Is it me or would you agree?
Take a few minutes now to focus on one moment this summer, when there seemed to be a ‘Sky Full of Stars’. A time, this summer when everyone was having a good time, basking in the sun, and feeling relaxed. Euphoric? Satisfied? I’ll settle for happy and having FUN!
As you start this new school year you will feel like a warrior at times, You, will be completely exhausted and frustrated at other times, and eventually have your heart filled with joy, when your kids finally let their creative side flourish. Trust me when I say this, at the end of the day, they will remember when you got up and messed up at something and laughed it off with them. That is what you call resilience. Please show them that. Do not think for one moment they are not watching you. THEY ARE! If you cannot sing/dance/ or be dramatic-do it anyway! They will cherish you more for kicking back and having fun. Let this side of you show LOUD AND CLEAR!
I hope this short YouTube conveys to you how important your role is in the life of a growing child. Especially as you teach them to integrate the love for the arts into their own lives….and hearts. It is a rite of passage to encourage them to ‘let loose and be free’. It is so much more powerful when you show them you can do so as well. Why not start on Day One? This year is officially opening with a tribute to my own personal ‘Sky Full of Stars’. PLEASE do not just watch this video. Participate at some level. Mimic a character you see, sing along, or get a household object to bang or just dance and jump around. Watch and enjoy here as you witness firsthand what I hour you as MY ‘Sky Full of Stars’
Thank you, Coldplay, for providing this year’s theme, so that ALL staff will embrace and encourage their students to shine, too!
ALL grades from K to 8 will be involved in exploring this theme for the first two weeks of school.
The first two weeks has the same lesson for all ages. Adjust and adapt for different ages. They might not be rock stars, chorus dancers, or action heroes, BUT each one of them can be a star within their own rite. Shine the light for them, guide them, and get out of their way. Every night you see a star shining, name it for one of your kids. Encourage teachers to practice this approach in their classes. Publicly celebrate the silent, awkward, shy students when they participate willingly. Do NOT wait for a moment when they are worthy. Create the moment (playing this song or another they prefer to identify with) when you notice a breakthrough…a great tableau…a creative movement piece …or the most amusing dramatic/comedy presentation, celebrate them OUT LOUD! Don’t look too hard. It is happening everywhere. Especially when everyone is looking for it!
Have a great year, AITs!
In this new school year when we are featuring a ‘School Filled with Stars’ as a school-wide theme, I thought you might get a chuckle applying Kid Presidents’ ideas. Maybe your kids can identify with him when he says, “LOOK FOR THE AWESOME!” Great way to start your year.
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