Defining Everest

Mount+Everest3Today Dave Stuart Jr. challenged his Blog followers to participate in this 5 minute activity:

The Defining Everest Activity
First, answer the following questions — in writing. There are two rules: You can only write a sentence for each one, and you only have one minute.

Here are the questions:

  1. Why did you get into this job?
  2. What is it that you hope your work with students accomplishes this school year?

Here is the reason he gave this challenge:

  •  The point in defining your Everest so that, whatever storms or avalanches or equipment failures come this year, you’ll be more likely to withstand them while keeping your eyes on what your work is all about.

Here is what we should do with it:

  • write it on an index card; turn it into the background of your phone or your school computer; share it with a trusted colleague.
  • Everything becomes informed by that sentence, by that Everest.
  • you got into this job for a reason, and too often we let the school year disabuse us of why we started out on this journey in the first place.

So here are my two answers:

  1. Teaching literacy is challenging and the best place to problem solve this challenge is working side-by-side with students and teachers.
  2. I hope that the students I work with engage in the work we do, persevere if the work gets challenging, share their thinking, kindly listen to others, proudly read outside of school, and pass their SOL tests at the end of the year.

I found keeping my answers to one sentence was extremely challenging!  As a result I broke the second rule and took longer than one minute.  So, are you up for the challenge?  Try it and if you are willing to share post your Everest in the comments below!

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