Well, now.

I've sent my second child off to Kindergarten this week. And while I was certain that she would want me to drive her on that first scary (but in an oh-so-exciting way) day, she did not.

She did not because the other alternative was Ms. Nancy.

Ms. Nancy is the bus driver.

The same bus driver who drove my oldest child to and from school each day last year. The same bus driver my younger children drop-everything-and-run-to when they hear her engine roaring down the street.

She is the same bus driver who blasts the horn and flashes the lights on that first school day morning. The one who makes friends in the five second exchanges with parents and caregivers in the morning and again in the afternoon before hustling on to the next stop because someone, somewhere else, is now waiting for her.  The one who hand delivers the lunchbox she finds under the big green seat while cleaning up from the morning routes (after she has already returned to the garage). The one who uses her time in between pick ups and drop offs to buy a set of chess boards to support the shy little boy who whispered to her he wanted to start a club.

Ms. Nancy is the bus driver.

But she is also the one who wants to know our children, cares for them when we cannot, goes out of her way to let them know that she knows that they are special. She delivers acts of encouragement when words might not be enough. She shows them that kindness and forgiveness are more powerful teaching tools than discipline or punishment in certain circumstances.

Ms. Nancy is the bus driver. But she is also the best teacher that some of us never had--but all of us should have. 

Whether you are a principal, a teacher, a custodian, a support staff, a coach, a volunteer: YOU just might be the difference in a child's day. The difference in whether they come to school or feign illness, whether they start a club or just dream about it, whether they learn or whether they don't, whether they want their mom to drive them to school or whether they want you to.  

In the hierarchy of learning, being cared about is a pretty important foundation that we can all help to build.

Want More? Check out this practice guide: Through the Student's Eyes, written by our own Sam Redding through the Center on Innovations in Learning. The guide comes provides reflection activities that might be the perfect way to introduce a a book-study segment to an instructional team meeting, leadership team meeting, or whole-school faculty meeting. 

Let us know about your Ms. Nancy's...and of course, how you plan to use Through the Student's Eyes.

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