Friday, February 12, 2016

A Life Full of Breath Taking Moments

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.  This quote has been attributed to a number of people in recent history. In my mind the idea of daring greatly can be related back to this quote. As teachers it is a daunting task to dare greatly in the class room. What if I fail? What if the kids see my vulnerability? How will this affect the learning in my classroom? Those are questions that immediately cross my mind when daring greatly is mentioned.

Next week students from Cinco Ranch and other Katy ISD schools will be competing at the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo. This is an opportunity to dare greatly on a completely different level. Ask a student about raising a livestock project and most will tell you it is one of the most challenging and rewarding activities they have ever participated in. To put this in perspective, understand that some of these students have been caring for their animals since the first week of June last year. This involves feeding twice a day as well as exercising, practicing showmanship, cleaning pens, buying feed and dealing with sickness and Texas weather. The final step in this project program is the Katy ISD Livestock Show.

This livestock show is considered terminal. For those of you that do not speak livestock terms, that means when the students enter the show grounds with the animal, it is no longer their property. All animals are sold at the conclusion of the show. Here is the take your breath away moment. Consider that these students invest all of these hours for a 5-10 minute presentation in the arena. The judge’s decision is final – there is no retest, mulligan or do over! One person’s opinion determines the outcome. I can’t think of a better example of daring greatly.

Each school year we present students with the opportunity to dare greatly. Cinco Ranch has a great variety of clubs and organizations that students can be involved with. If you take these examples one by one, certainly all of them have breath taking (daring greatly) moments. An FBLA member competing at the national contest, a debate student performing at a competition, a choir member presenting a solo and the list goes on and on. If you ask most students to talk about their fondest high school moments, they will revolve around teams, clubs and competitions. Everyone needs the opportunity to find their spot or group. 

In conclusion, it is my hope that all students find that activity or group that provides a breath taking moment to dare greatly. Good luck to all students competing at the livestock show as well as participating in other school activities. We would love to see you at the Katy Livestock Show and Rodeo next Wednesday through Saturday! 

John Ford, Ag Teacher, CTE Department Chair CRHS

1 comment:

  1. I've been lax in keeping up with the blog so it was a treat to read your message this weekend and totally agree with your vision that what kids really need is to belong to something as they make their way through CRHS - wonderful message you really put into perspective how much your crew puts themselves out front and center - "daring greatly"