My husband and I spent our recent 5th Anniversary in Sedona, AZ. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been in the U.S., and the place he proposed to me. We wanted to enjoy the hiking, rock climbing, creek swimming, and our favorite winery, Oak Creek. We especially enjoyed a few days with only adults allowed!
Our main hiking target was Cathedral Rock. We had hiked up this structure the first summer I came to Arizona with Joseph. The same week I decided to leave Michigan and move here. We made it to the top in 90-some degrees. It took about a half an hour and a lot of bottled water! When we got to the top we noticed that people had carved their names and images into one face between the center spires. We had to leave our mark too. We were really motivated to get to the top again and see if it was still there after 7 years!
When you start the trail you can’t see the whole rock ahead of you. The slope of the land and twisting of the path just gives you hints of what’s coming. Every 5 minutes or so I found myself looking back to see where I’d been, and then looking forward to see where I was going next. I started thinking, this is a good analogy for using Marzano Scales in the classroom! In life, when we have a big goal to tackle, we would be totally defeated if we only saw the big picture, and not the path.
It’s the next step, the one we can SEE that gets us saying “Okay, I can get there.”