From Administration

I walked over to Willard East a few days ago and watched Lisa Hillenburg, the building librarian, working with one young man at a table in the library.  He was writing a paper on Roberto Clemente and Mrs. Hillenburg was helping him in his research. 


I happen to know his parents so I mentioned that I had seen him working and they filled me in on "The Rest of the Story".  This young man did research, wrote a paper, presented it to his class and it was not an assignment!  He simply loves baseball and school personnel used this to help him "own" his learning.  By the way he is only in first grade! 


That is the secret to creating learning opportunities for students.  We must tap into their personal motivation and make learning real, relevant, and rigorous.  It would have been so easy for his teachers to allow him to "read a book" while other students were completing their assignments but they chose to grab an opportunity to help a young man explore his passion of baseball while all the time directing that passion to higher levels of learning.  His parents care about learning and were part of the process encouraging him to stretch beyond what was required and do something special.  Good job to all involved. 


I believe that this is an example for all of us.  We can choose to accept mediocrity.  We can choose to do it the same way that it was always done.  We can say that it was good enough for us 30 years ago when we were in school.  We can choose not to go above and beyond.  We can choose not to put in extra effort because others don't.  We can choose not to act because it may take too much time, too much effort, or too much money or it might offend someone.  We can choose not to because that it is not in our job description.  We can choose not to because someone else will do it.  There are always reasons why we should not do something above and beyond.  There are always reasons not to do something special.  I congratulate this young man's teacher and librarian for choosing to help him excel in learning!  They have demonstrated that choosing to do something special results in great opportunities for Willard children!


Have a great weekend! 
Dr. Medlin

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