To be in GREAT HEALTH, one must have a healthy heart. We have the biggest, most loving heart of all, our students of CCSD. Students are truly the heart of our work. As CCSD has duly noted, the educators are the pulse. To keep this amazing heart healthy we must provide the necessary exercise(s) to ensure a healthy heart and a great pulse.
As I researched, I learned a normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. Also, generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. A well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats per minute.
After reflecting on the ideas of students are the heart of our work, educators are the pulse, and the research on the heart, I was inspired to share a positive message with my fellow educators.
During these times students should exercise their minds beyond the textbooks and the constraints of a classroom. Their classroom is now the world. What skills do they need to be successful children, teens, young adults, and adults? What memories will they be able to share with generations to come? This is a great time for our students to reflect on how they view the world and create solutions to solve this pandemic (or other major world issues that may be developing). As educators, this is a great time to help students to review and apply content that most appropriately matches the skills they need to survive and thrive in the world.
As we know, there are multiple ways to check a pulse. In comparison, there are multiple ways to assess students, provide instruction, build relationships, and ensure your students are healthy (as best you can) during these times.
Thank you pulse of CCSD and pulse of the nation. Thanks for allowing the world to see, first hand, the passion, the love, the commitment, and dedication that are a part of all the instruction students receive and with every interaction. Your creativity is inspiring. The virtual class meetings, the letter writing, the virtual field trips, the read-a-louds, parades, donation drop-offs and deliveries, the meals provided, and the access to WiFi for our students. Thank pulse for our heart to keep beating.
To one or many children, you are their hope, you are their superhero, you are their counselor, you are their voice of reason. For whatever great roles you may be aside from teaching, thank you. Continue to be that positive light, that healthy PULSE, for our heart!