(My first blog post – this isn’t as easy as I thought it would be!)
With all that is going on in CPS (and even the world), it’s often difficult to stay positive. Furlough days. Job actions. Reduced pay. Larger class sizes. It becomes daunting. It can definitely yuck your yum.
When things get tough, I need to remind myself of the awesomeness of middle schoolers. Here’s why: Today, I walked into the cafeteria to see my principal crouched down next to two students who went along to a youth summit in Springfield this past weekend. As I approached, I could hear them passionately discussing new legislation what would significantly impact the life of LGBTQ youth. Seventh graders, fired up about the rights of all people. Seventh graders, who sacrificed an entire Saturday (with their teacher) to be advocates for people who society does not treat equally.
Listening in on this conversation absolutely made my day. Heck, it might have even made my year.
If you are ever doubting the future, step into a classroom; listen to what the youth are saying. The future is bright and I am fortunate enough to work with it each and every day. It definitely won’t yuck your yum.