Friday, April 26, 2013

Get yourself a hero


You may be able to tell that it's gettin' busy over here again. There is so much good stuff happening including not one but TWO new coaching clients. I'm really REALLY excited to flex some coaching muscles with these two super exciting clients. Not to mention getting my required coaching hours for graduation!  It's a little bit chaos over here but isn't that always part of change?!

So today I'm bringing you a special guest post from my very good friend Christina Mann. This lady is changing the world one fifth grader at a time. Seriously, I love her passion and wish I had had her as a teacher growing up! You may recall this post about students "Doing One Thing" to start their school year out right. Seriously, how cool is that?! Today she's sharing her thought on why you need to get yourself a hero....

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"Kids today..." 
That sentence starter could be finished a million ways, but I bet your brain tends to go in a negative direction. It's sad, isn't it? I've been teaching for 8 years now. I love my job and my kids, but even my brain has a hard time automatically thinking of something optimistic.

Well here's one thought that I can't shake after seeing the movie "42": kids today need a hero. Jackie Robinson was a hero. Jackie Robinson was everything I dream for my young men to accomplish.

Fifth graders think they are so tough. They are eleven years old. They are sassy. They are rebellious. They want to test the limits. They want to prove themselves. And of course they should be doing all of those things, but who is guiding them? Let’s assume they all have wonderful stable families with fantastic mother and father role models. (The vast majority of mine lack that.) Who wants to be just like their parents at age 10-11? They need someone to look up to, a modern day hero. Forgive me for being pessimistic but I think our country is coming up short on amazing role models these days. You may argue and throw out names of some impressive sports figures, and I hope you can, (I’m a huge fan of Jimmy Rollins) but none make quite the impact as Jackie Robinson.

So what do we do about this? Sit back and be disappointed that "Kids today don't have any good role models..." No. At least that's not my plan. I realized, as I often do, that if you want something, you have to go out and get it! This is where my fantastic career comes in... I can stand in that gap and bring Jackie to them. So, for the next few weeks, I plan to sneak in some Jackie Robinson whenever possible. I’ll teach the curriculum, and I won’t make them sick of him, but I will make sure they appreciate the wonder of a man who held himself to the highest standard of integrity in the face of such disgraceful opposition. Maybe they’ll even think twice next time they want to complain about how tough life is in the big bad world of fifth grade. 

By now you may be thinking, “Well that's real nice bit I'm not a teacher and I don't know anyone who needs Jackie Robinson.”

Okay, I know, but maybe you need a hero too – a little inspiration to make it through your next obstacle. And you know what? A hero isn’t always going to jump out at you, because they don’t usually work that way. So are you going to wait around until you spot one? No, you're not! You're going to go out and find one. Who inspires you? Go learn about them. Go out and get that inspiration. I find that Wiki and YouTube are sneaky little resources for this kind of inspiration. (Kid President, anyone? haha) 

Find someone who sets the bar higher than you ever have and make that your new mark. 

Get yourself a hero; make your hero proud.

-Christina Mann

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