It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Sometimes (unless you listen really carefully or ask) you may have an incorrect assumption based on what things look like from the outside.  So often I overhear students talking about the material objects they have or want and when asked to come up with topics to write about they choose video games, football or Disney World.  I wonder, is that what they hold dear?  Last week just before Thanksgiving my teaching partner and I asked our students to complete a Flipgrid, so we could share three things we were all thankful for.  Fifth graders can be very narcissistic, so I expected to see things like toys, trips and sports.  Imagine my surprise…  As I opened each one, time and time again the students smiled and said, “I am thankful for my family.”  In close second students were also thankful for their school, books and teachers, their pets, homes and food.  Of course a sprinkling of students were thankful for sports, toys, god and their community, but this was a true minority.  Today I am thankful that we asked the question and my heart swells with pride.  I am proud of each student who publicly showed their appreciation for their families.  It affirms their values and helps me to remember that it is not always what it looks like on the outside, but what is inside that counts.  And if I really want to know what is inside, I need to remember to ask.