I just bought a new house...a brand spanking new house! I designed it myself...picked the colors, chose the tile, selected the cabinets....and the carpet...and the lighting...even the sink! It was so much fun! I moved in over the summer, and I absolutely LOVE my new house! But as much fun as I had during the design process, and as exciting as it is to live in my brand new house, there have been times when I have felt a little...unsettled...nervous...even scared. Now, I realize you may be thinking, "She's crazy! What's so scary about living in a brand new house?" Well, you wouldn't be the first person to call me crazy, but hear me out. In a brand new house, EVERYTHING is DIFFERENT. For example, in my new neighborhood, I am surrounded by strangers...neighbors I don't know...and who don't know me! What if I don't like them? What if they don't like ME? And in my kitchen, there's this new oven...completely different from my old one. The other day I was making dinner for my son, and I couldn't figure out why the chicken wasn't cooking. My son is the one who discovered the problem. The chicken wasn't cooking because I hadn't turned on the oven! And my closet..instead of long and skinny, it's short and fat! All my clothes are in the wrong place! My pantry has drawers...my sink is too big...I have a study. A study! I've NEVER had a study! What the heck?!
Okay, so clearly I am being facetious, but let's face it...change IS hard. Its uncomfortable. It's stressful. Sometimes it's even a little scary. So, if that's the case, why bother? Why do we put ourselves through this painful journey of change when it would be just as easy...easier, in fact...to leave things the way they are? Well, let's think about my new house. Yes, there is some discomfort. I don't know where things are. I am further away from work. My furniture doesn't quite fit. BUT IT'S A NEW HOUSE! It's got these lights
Now one thing my old house did have was size. Two stories...four bedrooms...two and a half baths...two living areas...a huge backyard. It was big...and perfect for raising three rambunctious
As we begin a new school year, I am more excited than ever about the "BEST" that the Schoolwide Enrichment Model has to offer to our learners.
Brings opportunities for all learners to collaborate with peers and adults who share like passions.
Enables all learners to identify and develop their unique interests and talents.
Supports the development of future ready skills such as collaboration, creativity, and communication.
Takes control of the learning away from the educator and puts in the hands of the learner!
SEM 2014-2015...it's going to be the BEST year yet!