As another school year comes to a close, now is a great time for educators to celebrate successes.  However, the problem with doing so is that we don’t always see the results of our efforts right away.  Oftentimes our efforts are either laying the foundation or simply adding to the work of other teachers.  And since our end goal is to develop healthy, well-adjusted, educated kiddos who can transition into adulthood as productive citizens, it is our cumulative work that makes the biggest and most lasting difference.

Have I mentioned I was invited back to my home state to work with a great group of educators in Monroe, Louisiana earlier this week?  There is something about the people, the culture, and of course the food that makes me proud to be a Louisiana boy.  Luckily, I got to my hotel just in time to find an open restaurant still serving crawfish. 

I love crawfish.  They were a staple in my diet from my youth through college.  Funny – I can’t remember individual crawfish boils I attended growing up, and there were many, but my unconscious collective memories of them are most definitely positive.  I think this is what we want to accomplish with our students – working together to establish positive collective memories.

The students we worked with this year might still have academic or behavioral concerns, but if we added positive experiences to their collective memories, I choose to think our efforts will pay off long after they have left our classroom – and that is success worthy of being celebrated. 

Enjoy your summer.