Teaching Responsibility

Several of our lower school clubs held their first meetings this week. Robotics began in earnest with partners assigned and rules explained. The boys who attended this first meeting were selected from a pool of applicants and demonstrated, through words and actions, their ability to handle this responsibility. They have made a commitment to attend every week, handle the equipment with care, and work collaboratively with all members.

Later in the week, I had the privilege to walk in on an early morning meeting of our Greenhounds club. A very enthusiastic group of young men made a commitment to attend weekly meetings in an effort to help promote environmental responsibility.

On Monday, fifteen young boys met in the science room to begin a year of membership in the lower school student council. To become members of this club, the boys were asked to complete a form defining leadership, among other things. One boy expressed leadership as, “the ability to make decisions, to help people compromise, … and to lead by doing.” Other boys expressed, “showing people the right way and leading them to their goal,” as well as, “being able to face responsibilities.” These boys realize that responsibility goes beyond words expressed at a meeting. It may mean always having a shirt tucked in and a belt with your pants to model proper dress code. It may mean standing up for a friend on the playground because it is the right thing to do as a leader.

Teaching responsibility to the boys at Gilman takes many forms and is part of our daily routine. It is our hope that learning what it means to be a responsible leader leads to future Gilman men of character and integrity.

I hope that my communication with you each week encourages “talking points” to inspire weekend conversation with your son or sons. Here are some “talking points” for this weekend.

  • What was the assembly like this week? Did you enjoy watching the magician, Joe Romano, perform tricks? How do you spell HERO , and why did he ask? What were some of his favorite comics?
  • If you are in Kindergarten- Why were Dalmatians the dog of choice for firefighters? Why do firefighters use a pole to get downstairs?
  • If you are in Pre-First- Tell me about the “sketch walk” that you went on with Mrs. Teeling this week.
  • If you are in First Grade- Tell me about the movie you are making about the plot of Frog and Toad.
  • If you are in Second Grade- How is your parts of speech book coming? Did you have fun creating it with your big buddies? What are the beats of music in “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” that you learned about in music this week?
  • If you are in Third Grade- How was the field trip to Hampton Mansion? What does it mean to have a Junior Ranger badge? Where was your “Mystery Skype” this week? Did you learn anything new about that region?
  • If you are in Fourth Grade- How is your team doing in Fantasy Football? How are the real touch football games going at recess? If you are not part of this big group- what do you enjoy doing at recess?
  • If you are in Fifth Grade- Who is your little buddy? Did you enjoy working on an iPad project together this week? How are you doing on tests and projects now that the year is underway? Why were you listening to opera in French class this week?

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