New Bern, North Carolina
Ben D. Quinn Elementary
Scholars are working in their groups trying to finish their latest project and they are scattered around the room. The teacher walks around asking questions as they work. She makes her way over to her laptop, smiling inside because she knows the sound of this song will make her class over the moon excited. As the volume begins to increase the class starts squealing, jumping, and some are even covering their faces because they are so nervous. Then the verse begins, “I’ve got the magic in me."
These gifts are earned by performing random acts of kindness, following directions, being prepared and organized, being a role model, teamwork, and helping others. This is a chance for all scholars to shine and learn to be a good person and citizen. If they make it to the top six they earn a key and the opportunity to participate in the event. Our gifts range from a free ice cream, to a homework pass, a movie date with me, playing at a local park together, or even dinner and a movie at my house. The best part of this time is even those who did not receive a key get so excited for the top six.
I never realized the impact this experience would have on my scholars. It also never occurred to me that the gifts they craved the most were the ones where they spent time with me. In a time where we are so defined by a test score it is hard to take time to cherish these special moments with these kids, but I challenge educators to use our time wisely.
We should foster the love of giving to our children, the desire to set and accomplish goals, to be determined and creative, and to never give up. Our children need to remember that they have the potential to “Unlock the Magic” in their own way and they need to know that there are adults in their corner cheering for them along the way. How can you make magic happen for your children today? Are you willing to accept that challenge?
Christy Wilson, 5th Grade Teacher,
2016-17 Craven County Schools Teacher of the Year, Hope Street Group - NC Teacher Voice Network Fellow