As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends it’s likely that we have all celebrated the “First Day of School” with the youngsters in our lives. In fact, my colleagues and I enjoyed sharing pictures of some of our kiddos today; check out the smiles all around (Carson and Caitlyn; Lacie; Ms. Wynn’s students; Logan; Oliver and Louise; and Eliza Jane) as they off to day 1:



In the book How Will You Measure Your Life, Christensen and his colleagues think about various aspects of their lives by asking what job they expect something to do for them. The authors translate this idea to children by posing the question – for any something children participate in what do the children want that something to do for them. Their answer:


Children want to feel successful and do so with friends, every day.


Check out the faces of all kids on the first day of school… smiles all around! They are ready to “hire” school to create a learning environment where they feel successful and do so with friends, every day. This is our purpose as teachers and school leaders – to create meaningful classroom and school learning environments that engage students – every child, every day.


Photos contributed by colleagues at Studer Education and Studer Group.

Christensen, C. 2012. How Will You Measure Your Life? New York, NY: Harper Collins-Business.

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Filed under: iTeacherSuite – Teacher Tips, Who’s Engaged? Tagged: #Back2School, Clayton M. Christensen, Engaged Students, Love of Learning, Student engagement

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