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At-Risk, Education, Teaching

Cardboard Confessions – Obstacles to Opportunities

A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.  ~Author Unknown


Although we have just begun the New Year, preparations for the 2010-11 school year have already started.  6th grade parent orientations, high school visits, registration meetings…this list goes on.

One of my responsibilities during this time is recruitment for our school’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.  It is a tough job.  Gathering recommendations, reviewing applications, interviewing students and then making selections.

Earlier this year, I ran across a video made by AVID students and staff at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas.   A simple video, but a powerful statement about kids who have turned obstacles into opportunities.  For me, it is a reminder that there should be a single question at the center of every decision I make as an educator: “what is in the best interest of the student?”  The answer to that question should drive the decision making process.

While AVID is a great program, “programs” don’t make students successful–they are an avenue for adults to have a positive impact.  I am certain that AVID positively influenced the students in the video, but the people who supported them on a daily basis made the difference–teachers, friends, and family.

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About azjd

Junior high principal by day, aspiring difference maker, and Jedi in my own mind. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.

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