One of the most exciting initiatives we have taken on this year is the creation of our Scholars and Gentlemen advisory program. Upon entering the Regis middle school, students are placed into advisory groups, which are like little families, and assigned a faculty member as an advisor. This family-like unit stays together throughout their time in our middle school, only disbanding when graduation whisks students off to the next leg of their journey.
As we fall back into the routine of everyday life after Thanksgiving break, it seemed like an appropriate time to reflect on the act of reflecting. Nowadays, 'mindfulness' is a buzzword we associate with reflection. A google search of the word returns 140,000,000 results ranging from definitions and studies on mindfulness, to books and apps on mindfulness, to how to practice mindfulness. The sheer amount of information available on the subject leads one to question, "Is it that hard?" The simple answer is, "yes."
Have you ever seen Finding Forrester? The film stars Sean Connery, and it is about a young high school student learning to hone his extraordinary talent for writing after he meets a famous author. There is one scene in the film that teachers and parents alike can all relate to.
Teachers' relationships to boys succeed when boys feel not merely acknowledged but acknowledged as they very particularly are. Very particularly, every boy is situated along a trajectory of what he might ultimately be at his most fully realized.
The words we use in our daily life say so much about who we are and what we believe. This has never been more evident than when we turn on our televisions, or fire up our computers to watch the daily news.