I began this blog in 2011.
That year, I had been given an Amaryllis bulb kit by one of my students. I set the box aside and a few weeks later peeked in. The bulb had started to grow, so a few of my students planted it properly. Then we waited. The growing Amaryllis was a point of discussion among my students. We watched in excitement as the bud became larger and when the red flower was visible it was duly noted by all. Then one day it burst into spectacular bloom. It was beautiful. My students’ pleasure in observing this moment was very evident. The next day a label appeared on its pot: The Class Pet.
At March Break I took the flower home, but the first day back the children asked about their flower. I brought it back to class. By then the original blossom was drying up and a second bud was about to open eagerly awaited by all.
This was an event of simplicity and beauty and it is this kind of moment that we risk losing when we only focus on assessment, testing and accountability. Please don’t forget the Amaryllis.