What matters most in a young learners development? Is it how much information we can stuff into their brains in the first years of life? Or is it, instead, whether they are able to develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes perseverance, self-control, curiosity, empathy, grit and self-confidence. Some may refer to these as noncognitive skills, psychologists call them personality traits, and the rest of us often think of them as character.
At Thursday’s hero’s celebration our young learners had the chance to reflect on new character traits they had built in themselves. They shared their gratitude with older heroes who aided them in their journey. We heard poignant speeches filled with words of friendship, wisdom and advice. Spark learners showed pride in the challenges they have overcome. As a group they decided that the traits of kindness, curiosity and grit all helped them to achieve their goals. Through giggles and teamwork they put together a snack and refreshing summer drink for all to share and enjoy! The celebration was a moment of pride and reflection that showcased the important life skills the heroes have honed this year.