This morning’s keynote speech was given by Dr. Steven Covey, educator, author, and renowned speaker. I have a few thoughts and a bad iPhone photo to share with you all…
First off: HOLY COW WAS I NOT JUST WRITING ABOUT THIS THIS MORNING?!?
- “Yes, teaching principles of math is important… so is teaching the principles of effectiveness and the principles of life.”
- “Help students discover their unique talents, help them see their worth and potential.”
- “One of the most important visions you have as an educator is the vision you have of students”
Am I ahead of the curve or what? It’s so neat to hear someone as respected as Covey speak to something that I’m living out in my life. I know that these principles of life need to be embedded in the classroom, but I’m embedding them on my stage, during rehearsals, by the piano, while singing, dancing, and working together.
Something Covey said really struck a chord with me:
Live life in crescendo.
That’s exactly what I aim to do. I cannot play a tangible instrument (though I dabbled in violin many moons ago and can bang out a one-handed tune on the piano!), I’m using my passions, my compassion, and my voice to sing out the praises of these students’ talents, encouraging them to raise their own instruments in harmony as we crescendo through life.