Stuart's Spectacular Students

This is dedicated to my amazing students. The goal is for each and every one of them to feel unstoppable by the time they walk out of the classroom door for the final time in May. This chronicles their journey; their own Chronicles of Self-Actualization.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Does Any of This Make a Difference?

Teaching and parenting is like being a farmer or botanist. We dedicate our lives to the growth of others. Day after day we plant seeds of possibility, feeding and nurturing the vision of their most beautiful selves.

This takes being a great visionary, not "hoping", but seeing very clearly and without doubt everything they can blossom into..............This means seeing past and through the dirt covering their unsprouted selves......much like we have to do with ourselves.

We toil at this day-after-day, wondering if our extra efforts will really pay off in the long run.

And then we get our answer: Yes it does.

This is from the "Not Now, Not Ever" Post from New Year's Eve 2008.

Hi Mr. Stuart,
This is Kelly. I like the pictures, and when you talked about Bella first learning how to talk is sounds so cute! You also helped me learn to take on all challenges and not to be scared of fears too. For example I was always terrified of tumbling and I always told myself I couldn't do it but now I successfully have a standing back-hand spring, round off back-hand spring, and recently I got my front-punch, front walk-over, and I'm finally being able to connect my back-hand springs!!! Thank you so much for helping all your classes sometimes you regret it but it always pays off afterwards! I hope to see you at Epic soon so I can show you!
From: Kelly

I am so proud of you Kelly. And the courage you have chosen to have after our year together is much needed evidence that how I teach is for both the short and long term success of students like yourself.

And that is why I do it, because you are worth it.

Mr. Stuart

*This student came into last year as an "average" student. Now in 6th grade she is in all advanced classes and getting A's and B's without spending hours stressing and studying. With a brain making sense of her subjects, and a heart full of confidence and courage, she is happy and successful.

She is what we all want.......Alive with her possibility, and able to water and nurture herself!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Five Days of Sofia

For the past five nights
You have slept in my bed

Giving me such peace
When I rested my head

For five mornings past
When it was time to rise

Your face the first thing
When I opened my eyes

For five precious days

You gave hugs and your kiss

Filling me with love

For five lifetimes of bliss....

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Now that you are gone
It's five am in bed

There's no peace for me
Here while resting my head

And when I wake up
Not your face I will see

Just empty pillows
Where you're head used to be

For five more long days
Ev'ry hug and each kiss

Will be remembered
In the tears and the smiles....

Of five lifetimes of bliss

Thank you, Sofia Stuart, for bringing a love into my life that makes me completely vulnerable, without being at all fragile. Its strength and greatness helps me feel so deeply and powerfully that it seems as if I really am living with the fire and the love of five lifetimes in just one.

You continue to teach me what life and love is all about, and I become a much better, and much more real, man for it. (and I would apologize for putting the ice cube on your back in this picture, but since you got me back 10 times over, I'm not gonna :-)

With Great Love and Appreciation,

Your Heart-Filled Father,

Adam Stuart

Spring Break 2009

Thursday, April 2 (Great Grandma Bette's 90th Birthday)

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