Friday, October 11, 2013

Connecting in a 21st Century Environment

Our students (and children) are surrounded by technologies that were mere pipe dreams when I was a child. When I was a kid my parents often limited my television a parent I limit "screen time" because there are too many other forms of entertainment and distraction. Children live in a world that moves a million kilometers an hour - they can connect with friends and family in so many ways using the internet. I won't go on about all the ways new technologies have impacted our lives and the lives of children...much has already been written about that. I'm relieved that one thing hasn't changed - our need for human connection and attachment. 

"Every child requires someone in his or her life who is absolutely crazy about them." --Urie Bronfenbrenner

This fact was confirmed for me this morning when a Kindergarten student was brought to my office to celebrate his learning. He is new to Canada and is still learning English and his teacher wanted me to see how much progress he has made. 

When he came into the office I knelt down to meet him eye-to-eye and listen to what he had to say. He told me that he had learned how to say 30 new words and told me this English. His facial expression to this point was somewhat nondescript; however, once I gave him a high five & referred to him by name his facial expression changed completely. 

As he left my office with a teacher aid, I overheard her saying to him, "I can tell you're feeling happy!". 

Please don't misinterpret this post. I love technology and have several "screens" in my life that often distract me. However, it's nice to know that as much as things change, some things remain the same. Kids need to know that someone cares about them and what they do, they need to believe they have someone in their corner who will cheer for them when they succeed and support them when they don't.

1 comment:

  1. It seems a small thing, but everyone needs connection. At home, at work...we need to feel we belong and can contribute. We all know this but reminders now and then are a good idea!


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