Mind Full or Mindful at Emerson Elementary
Students, faculty, and staff are starting the year out with mindfulness! Did you know that collectively Emerson’s current teachers have taught 528 years? That’s a lot of knowledge and experience in one building! As part of this year’s school improvement plan, Emerson Eagles are being mindful. Teachers are working to create mindful classrooms for their students as well as mindful practices as the chaos of teaching starts.
Teachers have been discussing mindful habits as part of their weekly staff meetings lead by Josh Craner, a sixth-grade teacher at Emerson. In their last meeting they learned the leadership manifesto by Brenē Brown.
“We want to show up, we want to learn, and we want to inspire. We are hardwired for connection, curiosity, and engagement. We crave purpose, and we have a deep desire to create and contribute. We want to take risks, embrace our vulnerabilities, and be courageous. When learning and working are dehumanized- when you no longer see us and no longer encourage our daring, or when you only see what we produce or how we perform- we disengage and turn away from the very things that the world needs from us: Our talent, our ideas, and our passion. What we ask is that you engage with us, show up beside us, and learn from us. Feedback is a function of respect; when you don’t have honest conversations with us about our strengths and our opportunities for growth, we question our contributions and your commitment. Above all else, we ask that you show up, let yourself be seen, and be courageous. Dare greatly with us.”
Teachers have shown up. They have created purposeful, engaging learning opportunities and inspired their students in just the first week. Teachers and staff will collaborate all year to bring mindfulness to themselves and the students they inspire. Imagine with 528 years of experience how truly great this year at Emerson will be!
Author: Summer Pelton, Emerson Elementary