Graduation Celebration: 121/365 NaBloPoMo#12

Thursday morning for waffles and strawberries at Strawberry Place and the opportunity for a reunion with Val, who has just graduated from SUNY New Paltz.

Just 4 years ago we sat at the same table celebrating her high school graduation  Even though we shared the campus, out paths never crossed after an initial coffee when she was brand new to the college experience. But as we catch up she is bubbling over with passion and plans.

I remember Val as an 8th grader with her desk to my left and her smile blazing wide, always asking for more.  When I was moving digital and needed a small group of students to join me, Val as a 10th grader couldn’t say no to digital storyteller and took back her seat in my classroom sitting side-by-side with me as I began my own adventure in the digital world.

So as Val sat across from me now preparing for grad school in New York City it was no surpsied to see her  moving along on her path, clear and focused and passionate about her life, about learning. Of course she has the support and love of her mom and family encouraging her.

This is what is means to reap the fruits of teaching, but we need the time to reflect on the process. I don’t think a high stakes test focus could produce the passion in Val, do you?

Categories: A Photo A Day 365/2010, NaBloPoMo June 2010 | Tags: , | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Graduation Celebration: 121/365 NaBloPoMo#12

  1. Bonnie, what a lovely vignette of what it means to see a young person blossom and become their own, unique individual. Testing produces automatons…teachers like you produce young people filled with a passion to go out into the world and make their mark.

  2. @ Tara, teaching rewards keep coming as the kids you began with grow up. Too bad we need instant results.

  3. Uplifting post, you caught her radiance. I don’t know what a high stakes test focus is but I guess not from the sounds of your post. XD

  4. @XD High stakes tests are all the rage these days. Kids spend a great deal of their school year preparing for them at a large cost to their great education. Reformers(?) want to use these tests as a way to evaluate the worth of teachers and connect their jobs and salaries with them. Not a good thing! It’s a good thing Val made it through high school without a test holding her back from learning and loving it.

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