Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ben Carson's story reinforces our school theme of effort

On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the special area teachers (Art, Music, PE, Library) host a grade level morning meeting in the All-Purpose Room.  These meetings serve dual purposes: to allow the teachers to meet and plan, and to allow an entire grade level to participate in activities together.

This month with the students, we discussed the 2013-2014 school theme of effort, hard work, perserverance, and grit.  (For explaination of "grit," see the following video from Angela Duckworth that our principal, Mrs. Fitzgerald showed at a recent faculty meeting: http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit.html )

Mrs. Eley opened our discussion by explaining the life of Ben Carson, who went from being called a "dummy" in 3rd grade, with terrible grades, living with gangs, rats, and roaches, to now being a leading pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Here is the video shown to all students:

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