It's 2018 and I'm embarking on a new adventure. It's reawakening my blog with the addition of an audio file. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Below is the transcript of the recording.
Hi, this is Sean McCormick, principal at WSSB and you are listening to my audio blogcast for the week of January 3rd, 2018. Yes, it's the middle of the week, but for us it's a short week for us. Happy New Year everybody. So, hope and optimism is something I'll be talking to you about in this blogcast. And, this is something that I really value and think it's one of the core elements how we grow, look ahead, learn, and so forth.
There's a lot to love about the New Year. Even if the school year doesn't line up with the calendar, it provides an excellent opportunity to return to learning with a bit more fire in your step. For me, it's invigorating to be more courageous with each day, take risks with new challenges, and allow my heart to lead the way. It feels good to have a chance to start over, even when you're still getting older. It's kind of like finding a favorite record (or song) that you haven't heard in long while, or putting on a favorite t-shirt that was stuffed in the back of the dresser drawer.
Having something in your heart that you can look forward to and lean into each day is called hope. It's not always easy to be hopeful in every situation, but the choice to be optimistic is always available. Optimism is like M&M sized moments of hope. The more you have, the more you can share. I hope you choose optimism in your day and share those moments with your friends, family, teachers, and people in your life. It's a new year for new challenges and choices.
Will you choose optimism? Thanks for listening (reading) and happy New Year!
Dare to live your dreams is the first line in the poem “Dream” by Robert Smithdas. Recently, Smithdas was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the American Printing House (APH) for the Blind's annual meeting a couple of week ago. He wasn't honored for his poetry, although he was National Poet of the Year in 1960, nor was he honored for overcoming obstacles as someone who is deafblind. Smithdas was recognized for his profound impact on the lives of others, including his work improving the lives and opportunities for those that are deafblind. His kindness and compassion encouraged individuals to live their dreams.
While attending APH's annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky I was surrounded by individuals that inspire me to live my dreams. This type of inspiration is contagious. Each moment spent with the creative leaders in our field lifted my confidence and inspired me to always do my best every day.
I dare to live my dreams as a principal, a father, a son, a husband, and friend. I dare you to live your dreams.
WSSB PRIDE Perseverance Respect Integrity Diversity Empowerment
There are few things more exciting than a brand new school year. I remember walking through the doors on first day of 9th grade and feeling how overwhelming it was. Everything was new: new school, new teachers, and a lot of kids that might be my new friends. After the first 15 minutes of the school day I quickly realized that this year was something that a new haircut and back to school clothes did not prepare me for.
As students, families, and staff ease into this school year, it's important to recognize that it is okay to be overwhelmed by the amount of “new.” This is where learning occurs, too. Every struggle and challenge is where resilience learning happens most. Resilience is the ability to overcome difficulties, bounce back, and an opportunity to grow stronger. It is not a trait that some has or does not have, but a process that requires support. A positive belief that resilience is within every individual will help foster greater success for all.
Our community of learners can be strengthened through:
Providing a range of opportunities to participate and contribute
I feel lucky to be a part of such a great community of learners, and I hope you are as well.