by Thad Falkner, Head of School
At Wilson, we strive to make our school motto, Make Your Mark A Good One (MYMAGO), a way of life. Each year we choose one of our nine MYMAGO themes to focus on as a community, and this year’s is Being Courageous. Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the willingness to act in spite of our fear. So why and how do we equip our children to be courageous?
The “why” of equipping students to be courageous may seem obvious; the people we admire most and who have changed our world for the better are very often characterized by courage. We want our kids to stand up for what they believe, even when that seems daunting. However, being courageous isn’t just for those big moments. Courage is also integral to making the day-to-day decisions and taking the risks necessary to grow in all aspects of life, including social and academic. When we give students the opportunity to try (and, importantly, fail at) things that seem frightening, they develop resilience and confidence.
So, how do we do this at Wilson? There are too many ways to name them all, but following are a few that come to mind:
Make Your Mark A Good One by Being Courageous can be something kids practice at home, too. Children often assume that adults don’t get scared like they do, or that acting in the face of difficulty is easier when you’re older. You can share with them developmentally appropriate examples of when you had to be courageous. You can also recognize and praise progress as they work to be courageous, whether it’s in learning to ride a bike, read a book aloud, or initiate a conversation with a new friend.
I’m looking forward to growing in courage with the Wilson community this year!
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