This thought/image came to me as I was reflecting on the ways we stay balanced and healthy in both mind and spirit in our schools. On the one hand, it is very important to be able to decompress and relax at the end of a day. The same is also true for those times in the classroom or in the staff room when we stop and simply enjoy the company of others. Students and staff alike need these times.
The second R and R, Risk and Reflection, represents that wonderful cycle of growth that occurs in staff and students when they are operating outside of their safety zone. When coupled with a strong sense of passion, the growth and learning that happens can be startling. Think of the leap of faith that a student takes when they volunteer to lead an activity or perform at a school talent show. There is no turning back from these experiences and when reflection is a part of the cycle, growth and learning almost always follow.
As adults in the field of learning, we need to promote and model a balance of both rest and relaxation, and risk and reflection. Take care, Brent