Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Remind Students To Pick Up Pebbles

A man was out walking in the desert when a voice said to him, "Pick up some pebbles and put them in your pocket, and tomorrow you will be both happy and sad."

The man obeyed. He stooped down and picked up a handful of pebbles and put them in his pocket. The next morning he reached into his pocket and found diamonds, rubies and emeralds.

And he was both happy and sad.
Happy he had taken some - sad that he hadn't taken more.

I share this parable with my students and remind them of the importance of each and everyday they have in school.  How often are we as teachers faced with the question, "When am I going to need to know this?" 
The best answer of course, "In summer school."

If we could get students to understand that each day presents them the opportunity to fill their backpack for life with items that they may not ever need, but will be so happy to have when the situation presents itself.

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