Reflections

21

September

2018

21st September 2018

Recent Reflection Articles

Goodbye for Now

Dalat International School has played a meaningful role in my family since the 1970’s.

Leaving A Legacy

Mr. Steinkamp did more than “stand at the helm.” He is affectionately known as Uncle Karl because of his deep investment in individual student lives.

Year of Growth

We are grateful that, over this year, SOPs have eased enough that we were able to spend a majority of the year in face-to-face learning despite starting the year online.

Finishing Well

Whenever we approach the end of something, whether it’s a job or a school year or a project, it’s easy to lose motivation.

When you put a group of us together, life can get complicated. But if we truly desire positive relationships, we work on them and put time and effort into helping them grow.

This year our theme for Dalat is “Setting Sail” with a focus on launching of our new Flagships / Student Outcome Statements along with the wonderful new Harbor building. The school staff applies the theme in a variety of ways, in and outside the classroom. One aspect of this year’s theme that applies to our staff is the reality of working and living together.

A vital component of a good school is that the staff work well together, that it is a place where the faculty and staff are in healthy relationships and the sense of community is strong. This is because one of the key contributors to student learning is a safe and nurturing environment; a place where the students know the staff love them and care about them but also care about each other.

The Dalat staff have been looking at and studying the idea of community for many years. There are so many facets to community and what it means to be a strong, healthy one. We have studied topics like gratitude, humility, patience, forgiveness, and many more. We have learned, acknowledged, and accepted that true community is hard work. This is because we are human beings, and when you put a group of us together, life can get complicated. But if we truly desire positive relationships, we work on them and put time and effort into helping them grow.

In our desire to improve and grow as a staff community, we took the theme this year and turned it into an acronym of statements that we would work on together.

S – Stop the Complaining
A – Assume the Best
I – Ignore the Comparisons
L – Learn to Forgive

What is interesting is that these have trickled down into the student body in different ways and have become topics of discussion in the classroom, in small groups, and in the dorms. With this in mind, I thought we as parents could take a deeper look at these statements in the coming weeks. Ultimately, these are attitudes and behaviors we can all work on as part of the extended Dalat community, but also in any other communities we are a part of. So next week we will look at “stop the complaining.”

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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Recent Reflection Articles

Goodbye for Now

Dalat International School has played a meaningful role in my family since the 1970’s.

Leaving A Legacy

Mr. Steinkamp did more than “stand at the helm.” He is affectionately known as Uncle Karl because of his deep investment in individual student lives.

Year of Growth

We are grateful that, over this year, SOPs have eased enough that we were able to spend a majority of the year in face-to-face learning despite starting the year online.