Small Town Education For a Big World

Reflections, Vision, Explanations, Celebrations, and Ideas About Rural Education

Today I spent a few minutes dancing.  I know this is not what you would expect from a school superintendent, but honestly, it was the highlight of my day.  Needing to get out of the office and remind myself of the important things that our school is about, I found myself in the afternoon preschool classroom.  They were getting ready to dance to the “Peanut butter and jelly” song.  Movement is important to learning.  They may have been using this song and dance as a way to get a few wiggles out but as I watched, I just could not help it and found myself dancing along.  The children laughed and their engagement level was at the top of the charts.  Of course they were being led by a couple of professionals, they call “teachers” and I refer to as “educators”.  I could not begin to keep up with these two ladies enthusiasm and movements but I gave it a good attempt until I realized a senior student who helps each afternoon as a student aide was laughing at me.  She was sworn to secrecy.

Too often, I find myself not celebrating the little things, the good things, the successes, or the positives.  It is very easy to focus only on the problem and lose sight of the good that surrounds us.  My visit to the Sanford Preschool, allowed me a few minutes to celebrate the little things.  Some of these young students are receiving their first academic experience and while they are focusing on numbers, letters, social behaviors, positive interaction, and other important skills, they are being taught how important it is to take the time to dance.

If you have never visited the Sanford Preschool, I encourage you to set up an appointment and visit.  The energy in that classroom is contagious.  You may find yourself celebrating the little things.  After all, everyone needs a few minutes in the day just to dance.

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