Metaphor for Hope

This Amaryllis bloomed spectacularly (this is the second quadruple flowering in seven days) after thrusting up nothing but leaves for two successive years – despite the most assiduous and tender care.

I am working on a future post on assessment for learning. Part of my research was an interview over coffee with Yvonne Machuk, Canadian Rockies Public Schools Director of Professional Learning. (She is retiring at the end of this school year and the post will sit vacant for at least 2011 – 2012; part of the budget cutbacks.)

Yvonne started our chat by asking “Why do students deserve second chances?” The image above sprang into my mind… because if we had given up too soon, and thrown the seemingly unproductive bulbs on the compost heap, we’d never have been gifted with the beauty I share with you here.

Every student who blossoms in their learning as a result of the perseverance, inventiveness, and caring of our teachers gifts us all with the renewal of hope.

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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