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The Art of Learning

Posted on January 22, 2017

by Dr. Dwayne Priester on January 22, 2017

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All too often when people discover that I am a middle school principal, they respond in amazement saying, "I could never do that." While some may be offended by that sort of response, I am not. To be a part of shaping the lives of middle schoolers is an honor and a privilege for me.

While many adults describe the middle-level years as a period marked by confusion, I see this period as an amazing time of discovery. In fact, the way in which our students navigate their way through novel academic and social challenges is much like an artist mixing the colors of paint on a palate. Their ideas and perspectives are much like an explosion of various colors, tones, and textures coming together to paint a picture on a canvas.

Our students are a representation of thoughtful conversations and empowered voices colored with the belief that they can meaningfully impact their local and larger community. Each day, I am astonished by the paintings of our students on their canvases at Mid-Pacific's Middle School. Each day, I consider it a blessing to be a Middle School principal.