Today i overheard a student shrug and say to a peer, “I’m not going to get an A on this assignment…”.
He is not a student known for his academics or his ability to sit still, or quietly at that.
His friend, not knowing how to respond, just looked away and pretended not to hear.
Maybe he was used to getting that response.
i had to call the student over.
any positive quality and miniscule praiseworthy moment he has ever shown was meticulously highlighted as though he was the center of attention the whole time.
He gave a half-smile and walked away slowly.
maybe he was embarrassed I eavesdropped.
maybe this was the first time someone had told him how much potential he has to do great things. to be better. to not be defined as the kid who can’t sit still or politely at that.
it was then that I realized just how easy it is to assess and judge students (and people) without seeing the potential and the good, rather than their inability to sit politely the way I would want them to.
How easy is it to look at a child and want them to dream without restraint, be themselves without judgement and feel like life is still a place where there’s room to grow and learn?
How difficult it is to extend that same grace, hope and desire for other adults? co-workers? family? friends?
I think I have a lot of unlearning to do. :)
What you’ll need…
(2) 8 oz cans of corn
(1) 8 oz can of black beans
1 chopped red bell pepper
1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
1 chopped avocado
What to do…
In a large bowl, mix corn, black beans, peppers, onion and cilantro.
In a separate small bowl, mix together olive oil, lime, garlic powder & salt and pepper to form dressing.
Pour dressing over vegetables and toss
Garnish with chopped avocado