For the Love of Learning
For the love of learning, let there be triple hearts! To know a learner’s heart and how it beats is a special gift. Some share it right out of the gate, and others take their time easing their way into a new space. While some may come with their heart open wide, others may be a bit more protective. The beats may vary, and the rhythm may sway, but the one thing that always keeps the love of learning alive is a human connection.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Don’t wait, now is the perfect time to create a connection with Random Acts of Kindness! This year, RAK is being celebrated February 13-19, so with an open heart, let’s set these kind acts in motion. Just remember, a little love opens the heart to grow, and growing is learning. Be ready to invite others to a new conversation. In turn, be vulnerable to creating a new connection. In fact, here are a few simple ways to keep the love of learning alive.
SINGLE CONVERSATION HEART
Do you remember reading those conversation candy hearts when you were a kid? Did you really eat them or were you the one that stared at them wondering who the perfect person would be to give that heart to in that moment? Well, here is your chance to make it happen. Pick a heart, any heart, and put it into action. As a result, you will be amazed how one moment or gesture can open up another person’s world!
let's play a new game
that new tool looks interesting, lets's try it
to a new friendship
that idea sounds like a great starting point
I would love to join you
with a smile
with a little note reminding them how special they are
to show that I’m here for you
by sharing a favorite show to watch
or passing down a favorite book you’ve read
may actually be all that someone needs to hear
reminds a person how much you gain from them
can simply be the action of showing up
shares that your world is better with them in it
Like Rob Base says, “It takes 2 to make a thing go right!” Think about the last time you laughed so hard that tears ran down your face or when your lightbulb moment turned into a flaming bonfire. Most often “it takes 2 make out of sight!” Team up with others and as a result, create new opportunities.
for a laugh or a good cry
embracing a partnership that is stronger with them by your side
sharing the work and the reward with your person
I am “ALL IN” with you
that special relationship that only grows with time
recognizing where you may feel weak, they are strong
the willingness to commit to taking a risk . . . together
Can you even imagine how fulfilling it would be if you reached out to someone that may have once hurt you or simply didn’t venture into your world for unknown reasons? The risk of pulling down that lever to see what happens is there, but “what if”… what if TRIPLE HEARTS appear? Total Jackpot! For the love of learning, let’s remember that the triple heart moment is where your mind, body, and soul are fulfilled and you are ready to take on the world! How can you create a triple heart moment for someone?
MIND: ease someone’s mind by letting go of the past (having grace) or by opening the door to the future. Either way, the mind is given rest and with rest, will find new energy.
BODY: lend a helping hand when it is least expected. When lightening the workload for another person, you, in turn, are gaining strength too
SOUL: be a soul-filler for others with kindness and you will feel it to your core
For the love of learning, just act! When you think about it, Random Acts of Kindness do not need to be set aside for one week a year, but it is definitely a great starting point.
About the Authors
As an educator for the last 25 years, Kristen Nan’s passion for building relationships with her students, colleagues, and community continues to ignite change for the better! Kristen has served as an emotional support teacher, learning support teacher, and classroom teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to her current role as a Cyber K-6 Grade Teacher, Kristen is an author, blogger, and national speaker. With keeping a future-ready mindset at the forefront for every child, she has been recognized as an award-winning educator for innovative practices. Kristen’s book, “ALL IN, Taking a Gamble in Education” is co-authored by Jacie Maslyk and focuses on the importance of risk-taking, chances, and building relationships between teachers and administrators. Connect with Kristen on Twitter and Instagram @nankr1120 or email her at email@example.com.
An educator for the last 25 years, Dr. Jacie Maslyk, has served as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, elementary principal, and assistant superintendent. She is the author of several books including Unlock Creativity: Opening a World of Imagination With Your Students and All In: Taking a Gamble in Education. Jacie is a featured blogger with Defined Learning and Carly & Adam, as well as maintaining her own blog, Creativity in the Making at www.jaciemaslyk.blogspot.com. Jacie has been a featured speaker at FETC and ISTE, as well as a keynote speaker for the Northwest District Educators Conference and the Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention. Connect with Jacie on Twitter @DrJacieMaslyk or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.