Where I work, students can receive after school tutoring in a number of places: their teacher's classroom, study hall, or detention.
I prefer detention.
Why? Because that's where the feisty students are. And I love feisty.
1. full of animation, energy, or courage; spirited; spunky; plucky.
2. ill-tempered; pugnacious.3. troublesome; difficult.
To me, feisty reads powerful. For better or for worse. Here... let me paint it out...
Feisty + Confusion = A number of Tragic Situations (Bullying, Fear, Disrespect, Attention-Craving)
Feisty + Self-Development = A Chain of Hallelujahs! (Integrity, Vision, Passion, Confidence)
I think we can all agree that when you're working with feisty, self-development is especially essential. Likely even more than academic development because of the need for deeper focus and heart-felt intention to inform priorities and passions--to point that feisty power in the direction of love and more love.
I must admit, I love my feisty friends because I can relate to them (call me Miss Feisty Rachael). Every day I feel like I am on a self-developmental path right along side my students, and I do my best to let them know it, to show them the ways we're not so different after all.
I come clean to them about my fears every day. And every time I let them in on one of mine--"I'm terrified about riding my bike across country."--they let me in on one of theirs--"I'm afraid I'll always suck at reading."
We move on quickly passed our fears. We get into the assignment at hand. We take our time with it, reading each word slowly, sounding things out little by little, piecing sentences together until they finally make sense.
They ask me, "Where's your bike today?" I tell them, "I wasn't feeling brave enough." They tell me, "That's okay. Tomorrow's another day." I tell them, "For us both. Thank god!"
Together, as if we were long-time friends, we check in on each other's hearts, each other's progress, with laughs and jokes a-plenty. With vulnerability, and all. It's sweet, to say the least. And I'm beyond grateful for the lightness and connection that follows coming clean together.
I'm thinking about my young friends today, curious about what questions might continue to offer a path toward lightness, integrity, and confidence. I've got a handful jotted down, but I'd like to know from you, what questions you wish someone had asked you in high school? The comments are open for your hindsight & wisdom. And I'm thankful in advance.