Think about your classroom expectations. Most, if not all, of us expect our students to be respectful. Think about all that respect entails. It is important to remember that this always begins with us. Our students are always watching.
Think about your “grand plan” each day as you walk into the classroom, aside from your daily lesson plans. What happens when things don’t go as planned (i.e. constant interruptions, an unexpected visit by a parent, a meeting with the principal regarding your evaluation, etc.)? How do you react with your students and/or colleagues in these situations? While you might feel frustrated and/or angry, think about those things your students face every day which they have no control over. The most important thing to remember is to always stay calm and quiet not to forget that your students are watching.
Marcel Proust once said, “Let us be GRATEFUL to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls BLOSSOM.”
What have you done recently to show your students and/or families how grateful you are for working with them? What are you doing to make your students and/or families happy? What are you doing to cultivate your student’s growth and success? Take a minute to invite your parents in to share all the successes.
While this is a time to celebrate with the close of yet another school year, we must always remember to take time and reflect on our practices this year. While reflecting can be difficult for some, it is also very rewarding, especially when the results that we want are finally achieved.
Take time this week to reflect on the last semester. What kinds of things could you improve upon for the upcoming school year? What might be one thing that you can start with on the first day? What could you implement within the first week? What will be one major change you will make for the first units if instruction?
These are the magic years….and therefore magic days…and therefore magic moments.
What are you doing to bring magic into your day to day teaching? What are you doing to spark a magical moment in your student’s lives? What is one thing you can do to end the school year on a magical note?
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
What are you doing to make sure that every day is the “best” for kids? What are you doing to make sure parents and/or families can have the best school experience ever?
Dalai Lama XIV once said’ “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
This particular quote has really resonated with me all week. In addition to being a teacher, we are expected to play many different roles on any given day. While this may not always be easy, it certainly is rewarding.
What have you done recently to make a child happy? What have you done recently to show compassion for a student and/or family?
Harriet Tubman once said “Every great DREAM begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the STRENGTH, the PATIENCE, and the PASSION to reach for the stars to CHANGE the world.”
Have you taken the opportunity to listen to your students and let them share a dream? What have you done to help your students set goals to achieve their dreams? What have you done to help your students stay strong and feel passionate about their dreams?