Everyday we see the ever-changing movement that is all around us. Bruce Barton, American author, advertising executive, and politician says it perfectly when he says, “Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.” Rhythm is never stagnant, never still; it always has a clear goal of constant movement.

In our classroom, you will also begin to see rhythm. We will have moments of organized chaos, moments of complete calm, and moments somewhere in between. You must start to identify with this consistent change as the rhythm of life in our classroom. You will begin to see moments when the rhythm is increasing in our classroom and when our classroom rhythm is beginning to slow to a calm. Even in those calm times, you will see the rhythm of life.

As adolescents, you will begin to see this rhythm in your everyday life. You are growing tremendously and have boundless energy, but you are becoming more self-aware. As you use this energy, you will see the rhythm that is involved in that energy. You will also have a need to be calm and relaxed just as the ebb and flow rhythm of the tides causes the water to rise and fall.