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See this group of girls? They are fifth grade self-managers. Since kindergarten, they have looked forward to fifth grade when they could become self-managers. Which happened this year along the with announcement that all students, kindergarten through fifth grade could become self-managers.
These girls feel a bit robbed of the self-manager privilege. They decided to do something. Last week, they came to me and asked for library passes to plan for a meeting with the principal.
The conversation I overheard was priceless. They spoke about the “unfairness” of it and when I gently reminded them that whole school self-managers was not going away, they acknowledged it wasn’t. Because after all, the principal had told the school there would be self-managers school wide. They just wanted to say the problems first and then go to solutions; how could the fifth grade have special privileges that other grades wouldn’t get?
At the end of recess the girls asked for passes to meet this week on Tuesday and Thursday. And did I have a file folder for their notes and could I hold it for them?
Today they arrived for their second planning meeting. Several of the girls went to the office to make an appointment with the principal. When they returned, the meeting began. This is what I heard, “Who wants to start the meeting off with the principal?”
I just love that these girls feel they have a voice. I love that they are thinking this through and are so organized. And how great is it that they have an appointment with the principal for next Tuesday. I know that she will listen to them. I wish I could be a fly on the wall at the meeting.
Love how these girls feel empowered to plan and problem solve. I want to see them as adults because they preparing to take one the world.