The gift of time.

Somewhere in a box is a poster my dad gave me when I was in junior high. It was one of those kind of glowy, 70s posters, with sunlight coming through a twisty tree. The message, however, sticks with me to this day. “Be patient with yourself. Grow in your own way, in your own time.”

Caught the message below yesterday. Kind of the same idea. Thanks to Rita Wirtz for sharing.

Sometimes it does seem like we’re in a rush. We have so ‘much to cover’, ‘so much to do’. I like reminders that arrive to remind us to slow down as adults. And to let a kid grow at a personal pace.

I’m a grandfather now. Being a grandfather sure lets one see things through a different lens. A slower, less frantic lens. Time is a gift for a grandparent. I like a reminder that it’s a gift for a kid too.

Author: Jnelson

Jeff Nelson Fife School District Assistant Superintendent:Teaching-Learning-Innovation 39 years as an educator. 16 years teacher 3 years assistant principal 12 years principal 8 years Assistant Superintendent BA, Washington State University MAEd, Washington State University Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining. Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years.

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