Wonder, Imagination, Creativity, Growth
On Monday August 24th, the staff at IAA gathered together to discuss these important issues. Guess how we did it? We acted it out, we danced it, we created and we sang and it was deep and it was fun.
Studies have shown that teachers who are creative tend to elicit more creative behavior from their students. I want to take a moment to recognize the most creative staff in the state of Vermont and what I believe to be one of the most creative school staffs in America!
So the fine people of this school are going to help you this year. They will guide you and
They will allow you to Wonder
They will lift your Imagination
They will support your creativity, and
They will guide your Growth as a student and a community member.
You may not realize now, how much these people helping you at IAA are changing your life. I had the opportunity to speak to Nelson Wentworth on the phone last night. Mr. Wentworth is 83 years old and was my principal 30 years ago. I was able to reflect on his impact for me professional and personally. I had the opportunity to thank him. It was a great way for me to start the school year. In 30 years, when you see the adults here today, the staff at IAA, I am certain you will have something to thank them for. Something they gave you through this experience that help shape your life in a positive way.
You know what the amazing thing is about a school community like ours? You, the 300 students standing right here right now, getting ready to enter this building, will do the same for all of us adults.
You will allow us adults to Wonder
You will lift our Imaginations
You will support our creativity, and
You will guide our Growth as a teachers and community members.
That’s what IAA does, It allows teachers, artists and students to foster passion in each other and inspire one another.
I’ll end this morning with a short poem:
We hear but do we listen
We look but do we see
Not only what it is
But what it could be
The way we embrace the arts and support one another at IAA allows us to take the anticipation of this moment, the beginning of another school year, and truly Listen and deeply See. And i know it will be: another amazing, magical year.
So let the wonder, imagination, creativity and growth began.