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Let me tell you something. Our students have pride. I loved seeing the photos that Matt Cruz posted of students on their first day at Cesar Chavez High School. You know what I saw? Fresh hair cuts on the guys. Lined up, looking fresh and clean. Reminds me of another student I met.
This young gentleman was in the hallway at Godinez as we made our way to the geometry classroom on Wednesday, and I literally caught my breath and said, “Wow!” And then I chased him down, as he was walking away from us with his class.
“Hey, excuse me. Hey. Hey, you with the hair.” He stopped, turned and made eye contact. I had no idea what his response was going to be.
“Can I take a photo of you? I mean, that hair. That’s impressive! That’s commitment to style!”
He was, not surprisingly, all in. My takeaway? Our students want to be noticed. They want attention. That’s not bad. That’s human. You know what I want? To make meaningful connections with our learners. I saw him and, instead of being too busy and rushing to the class where we were headed, I asked him a couple questions, learned his name and took his picture. It’s just a moment of connection. Sometimes – you never know – sometimes that goes a long way.