This guest post is by Angela Maiers
I taught kindergarten for one year of my career. It was an extraordinary year. It was an experience I wish every teacher and leader could have at least a small taste of.
There’s something about being around young children; beyond their energy, freshness, and laughter.
I loved seeing their faces light up when I told them how smart they were making me. They smiled with pride and appreciated the praise; but I am not sure they understood how true those words were.
I can honestly say, everything I needed to know about social media and life; I learned in kindergarten.
It was there, I learned to:
- Notice beauty and wonder all around me
- Never take a day, or even an hour for granted
- Find evidence of life and growth in the most unlikely of places
- Listen with a mind and heart wide open
- Dream big and celebrate little
- Capture the extraordinary in the ordinary and everyday things
- Most Importantly … Love Unconditionally
The world is what we make of it, and children know that. To fully embrace the potential the web holds; we need to be more “child-like” in our approach. The web depends people’s ability to move through it with respect and grace; to demonstrate community and social responsibility, and to fully experience it with love.
If you have not had the privilege of spending your day in the presence of such genius minds, I leave you with a “taste” of what young, talented, and passionate learners can achieve! (And I am not talking about the dance; I am talking about their extraordinary Habitudes!)
Originally published @ http://www.angelamaiers.com/2011/06/everything-i-learned-in-kindergarten.html ; Re-published with permission; Courtesy Agela Maiers