My school day starts with a Morning Meeting from Responsive Classroom. These help set a positive classroom climate and get many a kiddo's day started in a positive frame of mind. One element of Morning Meetings is Sharing. Currently for sharing, 2-3 people a day are sharing someone they admire. Many of the kids have shared about a family member they admire and the stories have been very sweet. Today it was my turn and I certainly could have shared about family members but I chose to share about Matt Long. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak last summer at Lake Place Ironman and recently read his biography. My admiration for him runs deep. I could not believe what he overcame as I read his biography and found out more details of his horrific acccident of being run over while riding a bike by a 20 ton bus. This morning when the kids arrived I had the Runner's World site up on the whiteboard to show the kids a short video about him. They were reading the article and were already intrigued before I even spoke. They were fascinated by the story. When they heard he had run the NYC Marathon after the accident they wanted to know if he won. Loud groan here - they always ask that. I said, no the important thing was that he finished. When we did watch the video he said the goal for him was to cross the finish line! The more they hear it isn't about winning for everyone the better! When the video was playing you could have heard a pin drop. They were completely into this story! We talked about how he persevered and managed to do what seemed so impossible. They were very impressed by his muscles and his scar. I may have managed to sneak into my story that the reason I was able to hear him speak was because my daughter did an Ironman. (I had told them what that was as I was telling them Matt Long's story.) When I said my daughter did one they gasped! Maybe some of their admiration for her spilled onto me! It was a great way to start the day.
I had been swimming first which seems to be my favorite way to start my day at least once a week. Yesterday I got up early and went to the gym for a good workout but swimming in the morning is what really works for me. I have such a satisfied feeling the rest of the day. I did my 6 sets of 3 laps of freestyle again. I was a little worried when I started as I felt tired right away. But once I warmed up I was fine. Speaking of warming up the pool was 89 degrees! Yuck! I hope that changes. Before I got out of the pool I did one more lap of freestyle this time for "speed." I have not done any laps of freestyle for speed and it felt quite good. Baby strokes, baby strokes. One lap for speed is fine. The rest continue to be breast stroke which is my safe stroke - no fears of drowning or ending up on the bottom of the pool.
Who do you admire? Who do you hope students would admire?
I have been glad they have admired family members and not some of public figures in our society that are not admirable at all. One girl shared today that one thing she admired about her family was she knew if there was something going on at school, someone from her family would always be there. That is NOT something that is true for all students and I loved that she appreciated it about her family.