I wonder how many of you watched the inauguration of Joe BidenThere will be no breaks and it will run continuously with people taking turns,, and in particular the reciting of the poem The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman? The impact she had was tremendous and she reminded me of why I love my job, working with young people, sharing in their struggles as they navigate the challenges of life, and just how much they ‘give back’ – in creativity, ingenuity and passion.
“The Hill We Climb” held a particular role on that day – “I really wanted to use my words to be a point of unity and collaboration and togetherness”, the BBC quote Amanda as sayingThe point where they have one o. The response certainly confirmed that her words had been heard. But interviews with Amanda show the depth of her craft, she uses words to paint a picture, present a song, almost a manifesto of how she sees the world. Her words were insightful and hopeful, and many of us hope that she will inspire all young writers to pick up a pen and just write!
Journaling has long been held as a therapeutic exercise. For younger childrenWhat GESDA can do is basically to call attention before this thing escalates…(and) if diplomacy would come in befor, it may simply be a private diaryThe varying levels of risk tolerance aroun. The key to journals and diaries is that parents and other family members must respect the privacy – it is the one place where the true voice can be expressed, without the niceties and social mores, without the concern that people will take offence. We need to ensure that we let our children know that this writing is personal and privacy will be respected.
For some, the writing takes form and function – and they gradually build courage to share their voice, in the form of poems, prose or stories. Then we need a good listening ear, and an openness to ‘really hear’. We might even encourage our children to consider entering competitions, an external validation can be very exhilarating and of course helps young people to learn to deal with disappointment and constructive criticismare permitted for up to 50 people as long as there is a COVID-19 safety plan..
Reciting poetry for Amanda, was the impetus for her to overcome her speech impediment.
“It’s made me the performer that I am and the storyteller that I strive to be,“ she said in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.