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.