Bright Future Campaign - Week 7 Rewind - Boom Goes the Dynamite

Bright Future Campaign - Week 7 Rewind

Humor me if you will, but I had to dig up one of the classic tv moments of all time to assist with this weeks rewind. We have all been there, stepping into a situation we were unfamiliar with and expected to perform at a high level, but come up short. The saving grace for this inspiring communications major was his coined phrase, "boom goes the dynamite" which led to his ten seconds of fame all around the world. (Happens at 2:30 into the video)

What I didn't know at this time was what exactly the word dynamite meant or where it had come from. While we know it's dangerous and has the potential to send things to kingdom come, did you know the word dynamite comes from the Greek word dunamis, which means power? 

I couldn't help but relate this new word, dunamis to my reflection of our Bright Future Campaign at Sigler as each of our staff hold the power to inspire change in our students' futures. 

I was able to see this change first hand this past week as I entered a third grade classroom where a fourth grade student had come to see her former teacher to share just how much she had been accomplishing in fourth grade, specifically on a writing assignment. Her third grade teacher from last year and her fourth grade teacher his year, obviously have the power! 

How about the students I observed in third grade who were rotating through math stations working on their problem solving as they were challenged to find a specific amount of money, using a specific number of coins. Students may not have realized it, but the power was building in them as they each successfully found ways to make the change they were asked to find, almost surprising themselves at times. 

Yet another example of power was witnessed in 5th grade as students were determined to find the least common multiple of various numbers as they worked on solving real world problems that revolved around a couple of ferris wheels. Students started the problem thinking here was no way, the ferris wheels would ever have a common stopping point when they were different sizes, but when given the power to figure it out successfully, they quickly realized, there was an answer and therefore began to realize what the term, least common multiple was all about. 

The moral to my story, each of you holds the power or possesses the "dunamis" and transfers that potentially powerful "boom" to each of your students daily! So, as you prepare to share just how much potential our students have with parents, towards the end of the week, remember it only takes a spark to set the dynamite off and we all know just how powerful the dynamite can be when ignited. 

"Boom goes the Dynamite" 

Matt Arend
Sigler Elementary