“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
WHO ARE WE?
We are explorers. Many of our sprouts have ongoing projects. As we reflect on our week, we observed that some students struggle to stay engaged. Sometimes they persevere or maybe they struggle and then revisit later…or some change plans to avoid the struggle. In support of all of our students, at various stages of project development, Michelle chose to read I Knew You Could by Craig Dorfman. The book is full of metaphors (an intentional learning opportunity) relating to life situations — in our environment, we encourage our sprouts to practice the “non-cognitive” skills that as Paul Tough studies, “are more crucial than sheer brainpower to achieving success.” Being stuck in a tunnel really resonated with us and later in the week Madison was heard saying, “I’m stuck in a tunnel” when referring to her sewing plan. Here is the story, maybe you can share it at home, too:
We are readers. We are listeners.
I Knew You Could – by Craig Dorfman
I knew you could! And you knew it, too —
That you’d come out on top after all you’ve been through.
And from here you’ll go farther and see brand-new sights.
You’ll face brand-new hills that rise to new heights.
I wish I could show you the stops that you’ll visit,
But that isn’t my choice to make for you, is it?
Instead, I can tell you some lessons and tales
That I’ve learned and relearned in my time on the rails.
First of all, you must find your own track,
So you can start right away and not be held back.
But which track is yours? Well, that all depends
On which way it’s going and where it might end.
Different tracks wind around,
over, under, and through,
So pick out the one
that works best for you.
Though the track you start out on
will feel like “the one,”
You might take a few more before you are done.
And now, with your eyes on your new destination,
Start up your wheels and roll out of the station.
On your new trip, you’ll make plenty of stops,
In deep river valleys and on high mountaintops.
Some will surprise you and some will be planned,
And you’ll roll through each one saying, “I think I can!”
You’ll go through tunnels, surrounded by dark,
And you’ll wish for a light or even a spark.
You might get scared or a little bit sad,
Wondering if maybe your track has gone bad.
So here’s some advice to help ease your doubt;
The track you took in must also go out.
So steady yourself and just keep on going –
Before you know it, some light will be showing.
And then you’ll be out, heading to a new place.
You’ll be ready for the next tunnel you face.
Sometimes you’ll look up and see planes in the sky,
And you’ll think to yourself, “I wish I could fly.”
The cars on the roads will seem quick and free –
You’ll feel stuck on your track and think, “I wish that was me.”
But the plane might wish he could get out of the air,
Saying, “I wish I could travel like that train down there.”
The cars will watch as you speed right along,
And they’ll say to each other,
“Look how fast and how strong!”
Don’t worry about not being a car or a plane,
Just enjoy the trip you’ll take as a train.
Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn,
If you need to be heard or there are people to warn.
Or if being yourself just makes you so proud,
That you want to share it and sing it out loud.
You’ll follow your track
through twists and through bends,
And stop at new stops and pick up new friends.
They’ll all come aboard with smiles and greetings.
You’ll have such great times
with the people you’re meeting.
On the days when you’re sad and feel you can’t go,
Speak up and ask a friend for a tow.
That’s what friends do, so don’t be afraid.
You’d do the same if your friend needed aid.
You might stop at some stops that you never have toured,
And look for new friends, but they won’t come aboard.
So you’ll have to head out with a creak and a groan,
Setting out once again on your track, all alone.
Try to remember that the world is so wide,
Full of all kinds of people with their own trains to ride.
Just stay true to yourself as you travel your track,
With no second-guessing and no looking back.
Once you’re on the right track, you’ll probably say,
“This one is mine – I’m here to stay.”
Try to enjoy the track that you choose –
Stop now and then to take in the views.
If you rush forward, as a general rule,
Before you arrive, you could run out of fuel.
Don’t overwork, but save up some strength.
That way, every day, you can travel great lengths.
You’ll need all that strength on the days when you’re stuck,
Or tired, or sad, or just out of luck.
When your belief in yourself doesn’t feel quite so pure,
And your “I think I can” doesn’t sound quite so sure.
That’s when to push and to strive and to strain,
To show the world you’re not a giving-up train.
And you’re wise if you know that doing your best
Means that sometimes you should just slow down and rest.
Speeding through your whole trip will bring only sorrow,
So slow down today to be happy tomorrow.
There’s more about life that you’ll learn as you go,
Because figuring things out on your own helps you grow.
Just trust in yourself, and you’ll climb every hill.
Say, “I think I can!” and you know what?
We are Builders. Train tracks were placed out with intention on Thursday and then sought out on Friday. One group was planning on building the tracks to the Cozy Corner (reading) and made it. Friday they built tracks to Paper World. “We did it!” Alex exclaimed as the last track was put into place. “Everybody’s coming over to greet the new people” John said playfully and the frogs and train people met. While observing Michelle couldn’t help but wonder if they were playing to understand their feelings about what the Saturday class may feel like.
We are Community. We were so happy to welcome 12 potential students to our group. With our 8, we had an wonderful mix of students – connecting, colliding and collaborating. Thank you to all the families who put in time, planning, lifting, supporting, documenting, teaching and learning. Our school is growing and we thank you for your support and hard work.
We are Investigators. Curious about what happened at school? At student conferences I quickly learned to switch my questions into statements or more open questions.
– Tell me about.
– When do you feel…
– How is ______ working for you?
We are Re-Inventors. We have new names for our Open Flow Destinations. Have you been updated?