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.
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.