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Testimony To Teaching
Testimony To Teaching

Never Would Have Made It Without You…
Never would have made it, never could have made it,
without you. I would have lost it all, but now I see how
you were there for me.” Marvin Sapp

The graduation ceremony at Andrew Robinson Elementary
was comparable to the commencement service of a College/University.
This was the intent of Crystal Lewis Principal of ARE; from the model
of “College Preparation” that was a motto of the year for all grades.
Incorporating a frame of mind for college, academic performance and
future acceptance in college. The level of academic performance and
ownership of learning; the “NOW” No Opportunity Wasted initiative.
Learning is continuous and no opportunity is wasted to provide
instruction. The prominence of the graduation ceremony inspired the
fifth grade students, parents, family members and friends to continue
high expectations of success and high levels of academic achievement
for these graduates. 

 Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “What lies behind us and what lies
before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Similar words of wisdom were shared by Fifth grade teachers expressing
their pride,  joy and love for the students and their achievement.

Graduation is a time for celebration of the achievement of academic success,
reflection of the school year and commemoration by awards, recognition
of the hard work of students; the commitment and sacrifice of parents
and professionalism of teachers. During the ceremony fifth grade teachers
shared tidbits of information about the struggles, accomplishments of
student; the times of laugher, study and even times of tears. The hope is
during these ceremonies students understand the dept of commitment
teachers at Andrew Robinson Elementary put forth to prepare them for
challenges they (students) will face, not just academically during their
journey to college, but socially, intellectually, morally and ethically.

Fifth grade graduations are not just a conclusion to elementary school,
 but the closing stages of the innocence that is found in many elementary
school students. The transition from Kindergarten through Fifth grade
for many students progressed at the same school. There develops a bonding
that extends beyond the classroom for students and teachers. Teachers become
a part of the families of their student’s; in some cases teachers become
surrogate parents of students because of the amount of contact during each day.

Teaching is not a five day a week job, working only eight hours, teaching
core academic subject areas. Teaching is a birthing process; the labour of
teaching with strategies, standard, rituals and routines that must be observed
to meet the objectives of each lesson, the preparation of teachers through
lesson plans guided by state standards, assessment data, administrative input,
differential instruction. Classroom management skills used to address potential
distractions to the learning environment as students are guided to self control,
self respect and self motivation. Parental involvement is needed and sometimes
induced by behaviour challenges, academic shortfalls and the concern of teachers
that have high expectations for all their students. Birth is a developmental process
just as education is; birth
encompasses the physical, emotional, and cognitive
aspects of growth and development. These elements are the hard work that is
involved leading to the birth.

The birth in education comes during the graduation, when the diplomas are
awarded, recognitions given, experiences shared, prayers answered and appreciation
is given to parents and teachers for their love, sacrifices and not giving up on
students who struggled or who “just didn’t get it yet.” The graduation (birth) is
shared; the students are now young adults progressing to the next level of growth.
Elementary school lays the foundation for students not just at ARE, but at the
elementary level county wide. The memories will last a life time and more will be
added as students move to Middle, High School and College or University.

Students and their families will move on just as in other elementary schools, teachers
have completed another year of instruction and reminded that the struggles are worth
the efforts they put in. That the hard work, long hours, and sacrifices are justified.

Robert Louis Stevenson statement to teachers, “
Don't judge each day by the harvest you
reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Gain strength and comfort in knowing that teachers
are planting seeds for the future of doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers, preachers,
Presidents, Mayors, engineers, and for careers that have not been discovered yet.

Education, Students, the Youth...
"Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world."
Malcolm X

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