Learn, Do, Teach

Richard Bach once said, “Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.”

What opportunities are you providing for students to learn and do? Have you created any opportunities for them to “teach”?

Making a Difference

Forest Witcraft once said, “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank….but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.”

Think about all the ways you have made a difference in the life of a child. Focus on one student this week and think about what you might do to make a difference for him/her.

Optimism

Helen Keller once said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

What are you doing to promote hope and/or confidence for your students? Are you promoting a sense of optimism or defeat? Are you and your students feeling confident?

Four Corners

Confucius once said, “Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.”

Think about the foundation that you lay for students, including expectations, at the start of each new school year. What kind of goals are you helping students set for themselves? Are they achievable? What scaffolds do you have in place for students to define their successes? Are you working to ensure that ALL students are able to succeed?