Thursday, September 5, 2013

"YOU are a Marvel"

I was enjoying my last day of summer vacation when I was ventured into a little thrift shop. When I walked in, a tall book stand caught my eye with the words "Live Inspired" across the top. The bright white book stand had a series of book with large numbers on the covers. This is where I found The 1 Book: How many people does it take to make a difference?. I opened the book and knew I had to have it for my own personal growth but to also share with others. 
The 1 Book: How many people does it take to make a difference.
I came to a section in the book with a bold orange title: "YOU ARE A MARVEL" in the middle of the page. This quote by Spanish composer Pablo Casals spread across the page:

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. 

Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. 

Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?”

This quote hit me like a ton of bricks! Pablo Casals poses the perfect question: 

"When will we also teach them what they are?" 

As educators we constantly feel the pressure to increase test scores and document student growth. I believe it is our job to develop our students cognitively; however I also feel it might be more important to use the relationships we create with them and develop our students emotionally. Too often people want to create a uniform approach to life but that is unfair because each person in the world, and therefore each student in this world, is different. The fact that you are unique, and there in no one else in the world exactly like you should be celebrated and recognized daily.

I read this passage to my students during this first week of school and expressed that I want each one of them to be themselves because they are the only one in the world exactly like them. I ask each educator out there to let your students express themselves but also teach them what they are; A MARVEL.


  1. Drew, this is a fantastic post with the most simple, but important, of messages. This is exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you for this!

    Evan Scherr

  2. Thanks for the book recommendation! This fits my philosophy of teaching exactly!

  3. Thanks for sharing this Drew.
    It reminds me of the poem by David Keirsey Please understand me.
    It is mentioned in Renee's Blog.
    I first heard the poem in the late 80s.

  4. Wow, thanks for starting the school year with such an awesome message -- you could not have made a better first impression on this mom!

  5. It's an honor to work with you again Drew! What a great post!