Oh, but I am, Chickens. I. Am. Don’t get me wrong – I love to mmmmwwwwahahahahaha. Who doesn’t? The endorphin and serotonin rush…it’s biological…we’re made to LOL.
So why, you ask, why does everything seem so deadly solemn when school bells toll?
This question calls to mind two old adages in teaching:
- Never smile before Christmas.
- It is better to be respected than liked.
Both of these, I think, speak to the gravity of learning. Our work, in education, is no laughing matter. As educators it’s our responsibility to set the tone…because students may not like our content, our requirements, the endless ways in which we seem like judge and jury, Inquisition and Conquistador…but it’s a heavy bag, amIright? To prepare the leaders, thinkers, builders, and caretakers of tomorrow.
So…ah-yeah-you-betcha…we’re pretty locked in. We care about:
So students…here’s the key to your success…as my mother always said, “Mind my words” (cue drumroll):
Take WVNCC seriously. Demonstrate in word, but more so in deed, that you care about your coursework, your learning, and your education.
Dig in. Don’t whine. Open your ears and eyes. Don’t make excuses. Stay calm. Stay-tuned.
We know your life may be busy and chaotic and unpredictable…often, ours are too. Alas! Such is being human, my Spring Chickens!
But if we can agree to be serious about our shared purpose…your education, your success, and our future…I’m confident we’ll share many laughs about ourselves, and all of the other Chickens, crossing the road.