I was admiring a dragon-fly recently, its gossamer wings and effortless flight across the meadow. What a joy to watch! And, as my grand-daughter was with me, we began poking about in the surrounds of the pond to see what else we could discover.
Oh dear…there were really gross casings that looked something you didn’t want to tread in! Of course, being with a child, we marvelled at these wonders of nature but really- so gross!
Later that night I looked up the dragon-fly to find out more. Do you know, the pupae of these dragon flies form in these (gross) casings for up to 5 years?
Yes, 5 years!
And then the dragon flies live for about 5 weeks. That’s all!
Why am I telling you this?
I don’t know about you but the school year can feel a bit like this too- long gestations of ideas and new ways of working, followed by a huge effort and then a brief period of arrival and marvel towards the end of the precious 39 weeks we have for creation.
And then we do it all over again, before both staff and pupils fly on to pastures new.
If you have recruited millennials as teachers this year, they may need some help to get their heads around this. I’ve created this prompting handout of 5 things to help you to help them develop a ‘life-cycle’: 5 Helpful hints on how to support the millennial teachers on your staff.
At the start of this school year when you are, yet again, embedding things that have been assimilated and integrated during the previous year, it may seem heavy work and unattractive. Oh, but the dragon-flies will be worth it!
P.S. If you doubt me or just want to know more about dragonflies – here’s where I found this dragonfly information https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/odonata/life-cycle-and-biology/