Heroic measures: the loud quiet moment
“39. We must learn that when our art reveals a secret of the human soul, those watching it may try to shame us for making it. (p. 70).
The Artist’s Way: Morning Pages Journal, Julia Cameron.”
Notice the moments.
Notice the tiny moments that may seem insignificant, but are what we look for: make the invisible visible.
- Young sweet student passing who loved the adults in the building loved with his whole heart, and loved belonging to my Minecraft Club*
- Group of students working yesterday, talking to each other about the assignment, holding each other accountable, without ANY reminders or redirection from me.
- Young man asking respectfully how he can play sports, get his work done, and walk again with grace. For listening to his grandmother, me, and his coaches.
- All students in my toughest class working. Engaged. Happy. Relaxed. Many of them even saying they wanted to keep working on the project at home.
- Surprising someone with insight (sometimes the most terrifying thing is when someone says “yes” — no more obstacles or excuses).
- Telling a student that her love of K-Pop was nothing to be ashamed of: “Millions of people around the world love K-Pop, and the opinion of one 7th grade boy doesn’t mean spit if you love it, too.” And she smiled.
- Though some have described my classroom as ‘controlled chaos’ – most of the time it’s actually calm creativity.
Making a point to intentionally name and label when things work, and reflect in a balanced way. Hold steady and true.
*It changed because of the new after-school program that doesn’t allow students to attend a club unless they have no missing work or Fs. I couldn’t fit it in with my schedule of having it directly after school.