One Sunflower

inspirational speech from diapered key note

on August 30, 2011

The high school library was abuzz with conversation, it was the first gathering of all the teachers for the traditional “kick-off” speech by the superintendent. We settled into our seats ready for his traditional power point which is usually a combination of data snap, whip crack, and poetry – he is a good writer.

But what a surprise to find him beginning his presentation with video of his two-year old twin grandsons.  Apparently he and his daughter tried all weekend long to coach them into saying “hello teachers”  but instead the boys would yell out “hello papa.”  So they gave up.  But all their prompting got those little boys thinking about going back to school, (they attend the birth to three classroom on site in the high school,) and they began pretending they were getting ready for the bus.

The camera was turned back on and our district staff was treated to a delightful clip that begins with one of the boys standing by the door in diapers, opening and closing it saying  “school bus, time for school.”  Finally he opens the door all the way and heads into the bright sunlight and his brother comes running across the room calling “wait for me!” and they and the dog head out the door.

Let’s keep the excitement going!!

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5 responses to “inspirational speech from diapered key note

  1. Sounds a wonderful clip 🙂

  2. jee young says:

    I hope you have a great first week of school!! Excitement is definitely necessary! 🙂

  3. Mrs. V says:

    What a fun way to start the school year! It seems like sharing about family can be so powerful. My students always wanted me to tell them about my daughters, and one of the things that my daughter talked about most of all from her first day was the pictures and discussion her teacher had about what she did with her family over the summer.

  4. Linda Baie says:

    It seems you have a very thoughtful superintendent! It is a great way to instill enthusiasm in everyone. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Tam says:

    I think students in general are excited. Teachers are too on a different level. This was my second year in retirement. I felt left behind this year–it’s that new beginning and the unknown presenting itself. Enjoy the rest of your year.

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