Monday, February 9, 2015

From Creative Idea to Finished Product

Every day we use different products and tools that were once only someone's idea. That idea was fostered and through creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and perseverance a final product was born. Take a minute and look at something close by. It could be what seems as simple as a coffee mug. Someone had to think about the purpose, then designed the shape,  added emotion through choices in material and color, went through the manufacturing process, and we end up with a beautiful handcrafted or machine crafted coffee mug. A mug that someone will touch and use on a daily basis. A mug that could be the inspiration for another creative jumping off point.

Suzanne Duncan sent us all a video link this weekend. The video shows how something so simple as an unused cardboard box could be repurposed to provide a better learning environment for hundreds of students in India. It was created because someone saw a problem and decided to create a solution.

The designers and creators of today and tomorrow fill the classrooms at FHS. What would happen if you took a step back and looked at the students in front of you differently? What if you looked at them as the problem solvers for our economic situation in the US? What if you looked at them as the new engineers that will build our country's infrastructure? What if you looked at them as the doctors and lawyers that will ensure your livelihood during retirement? What if you looked at them as the authors that will write the books you won't be able to put down? What if you looked at them as the actors that will entertain you on the stage and the big screen? What if you looked at them as the artists whose work will fill galleries and museums that you will spend your weekends at? What if you looked at them as the musicians whose music will fill your hearts and whose songs you will download? What if you looked at them as the men and women that will defend our country with service through the military? That is who our students ARE!! Foster that!! 

Don't forget why you are their teacher. You aren't their teacher to prepare them for a test. You aren't their teacher to ensure they complete a worksheet. You ARE their teacher to inspire them. You ARE their teacher to facilitate learning. You ARE their teacher to learn from them. You ARE their teacher to be a learner, planner, architect, team player, mediator, coach, mentor, and champion of children!

Our 2015 District Teacher of the Year: Shari Patterson!!! She is flanked by FHS and District Teacher's of the year Brian Swetland and Michelle Daughtery!

Congratulations to our Color Guard and Percussion Units that brought home Three First Place trophies Saturday at the Winter Review!!

Our ONE goal: To graduate every Fairfield High Student and to ensure that they leave FHS college and career ready!!! Inspire, Engage, Excite, Lead, Foster, Create, Empower!!

Many more great things are in store for Fairfield High!

Continue to be innovative, creative, and a model of excellence! 


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