Never Stop Learning

It is crazy how often times the most AMAZING things happen when we take time and let them happen!  Being fully-present is usually a prerequisite for these special moments.

Bird I

Recently, a 4th grade teacher in our school shared an inspiring story with me.  She had encouraged her students to think like writers by using all of their senses to observe the world at home and outside.  Well, one student had an unexpected guest join her as she paused to observe.  (This is a TRUE story that ACTUALLY happened!)

Bird II

From there, students were asked to record their observations while honing in on their senses; jotting down brief snippets to help in the process of ideation.  That’s exactly what this student did…with her new feathered friend.  Can you IMAGINE the story she was able to write?!

I love this story because it’s a perfect illustration of the “Never Stop Learning” mantra I’ve come to embrace.  It also demonstrates how impactful a teacher and our students’ parents can be.  The experience and wisdom of the adults in our students’ lives helps bring learning to life, and sets the stage for unforgettable moments.

It’s critical that we see learning as a “life thing” and not just a “school thing.”  Students are longing to interact and connect with authentic learning experiences that are both relevant and engaging.  Their learning continues both in and outside of school and it’s important that there’s congruence between the two!

About Dr. Brad Gustafson

I am an elementary principal and author in Minnesota. You can connect with me at or on Twitter via @GustafsonBrad

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