There are people still ask me why I am so passionate about #geniushour. There are people who don't understand why the roll out of it and its implementation is vital to the heart of the child. Why is the investment of class time in something that develops the curiosity of a child more important than testing, not just when the child is with you in the elementary years but onward into middle school and high school?
A child needs to know that they matter and if they don't feel like they matter at home and they don't feel like they matter at school, then they are lost in this world.
Geniushour speaks over that void, that dark abyss that some students carry with them. Geniushour speaks into the heart of mattering. Making mattering the agenda, year after year grows strong children both at home and at school. It is putting their needs first.
School cannot fix the entire void, it can't speak into the depths of despair that some children's hearts are at, but geniushour can in many ways, tap into to the fight that is in their minds of negative self talk and say, someone thought I mattered, it might be the one thing that saves them.
It might not. A child may have been told that they are a genius and that the whole blessed Earth is worthy of them, but the all the chaos and noise from other places takes over their minds.
That is when sadness falls like a heavy dark blanket.
Tonight I and my former staff from School for All Seasons mourn the death of our past student, when he turned off his own light to his life. Life and thoughts caught up to him in a deep overwhelming wave.
We don't know. We just don't.
So, speak life through #geniushour again and again.
We must make mattering the agenda. Love, Kimberly