What can we all learn from a very strong girl named Grace?
My good friend and former football teammate from the University of Windsor, Joe McLinden, shared with me a very touching reflection written by his daughter Grace at school just before Christmas. Grace's life was almost cut short a couple of years ago when she suffered an aneurysm. Due to the amazing work of her doctors, Grace rebounded and fully recovered from the incident, however, she remains highly reflective about the whole ordeal.
I have always emphasized the power of reflection as an educator and the role that it plays in deepening our instructional practice. As educators we are responsible for helping to develop a reflective mindset in our students as it is a critical life skill that they will greatly benefit from as they progress through life and through their school years.
Authentic reflection is a powerful tool in which students can deeply think about and give gratitude for the blessings in their lives. We can all learn from this brave girl's reflection and I encourage you to read the words she wrote in the picture below. Great job Grace, you are an inspiration to other kids around the world!