We all want to move forward – especially this year. We have our eyes on the future and we’re anxious to leave this very difficult year behind us.
Sometimes, when children are young, they thrust themselves headlong in one direction while busily watching all that is going on around them. The result? They trip and fall. We admonish them, “Point your nose with your toes! Look where you are going!”
Why then, might we want to help our students look backwards – maybe quite far backwards – in order to move forward?
Because reflection is a clarifying exercise. It helps us think about where we’ve been. It helps us gain perspective. It helps us gather wisdom from the past. It helps us move forward with greater purpose and understanding.
Help your student take a walk down their own memory lane
As your student prepares to head off to college, they are, appropriately, looking to their new life and the fresh start that it brings. This is an ideal time to help them slow down a little and remember how they have come to this place.