Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Right Field

Our school principal kicked off the year with a discussion about his own history as a baseball player, and about the experience he had, and we all have had, of being relegated to right field. Which he then developed into a metaphor for the relationship that we might have as teachers with at least a few students who are the ones chosen last, the ones who aren't yet quite ready, the ones who feel themselves to be on the periphery. His encouragement to us was to make a special effort to make a connection with these students, and help them to find a way to success. And by way of illustration, he shared this video, starring many of my colleagues. It helps to know the cast, but it still is a funny video, and a good way to start off the year.

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