As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what are we doing to promote perseverance in our classrooms?

Food for Thought:

  • Study hard and focus
  • Never give up
  • Be brave
  • Think outside the box

The Pause

As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, are we encouraging students to stop and think before acting?

Food for Thought:

  • Model and Practice the Pause
  • When in doubt, remember to pause
  • When angry, remember to pause

When tired, remember to pause

Good, Better, Best

St. Jerome once said, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest….Til your good is better and your better is best.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, how often do we encourage students to put forth their “best” effort? What structures do we have in place for students to reflect on their learning experiences?

Food for Thought:

  • Consistently encourage students to put forth their best effort
  • Increased opportunities to provide feedback to students, allowing for revisions to work
  • Work with students and parents to set reasonable goals for success

The Importance of Tiny

When speaking about the power of tiny habits, James clear says that “So often we convince ourselves that change is only meaningful if there is some large, visible outcome associated with it. Whether it is losing weight, starting a business, traveling the world or any other goal, we often put pressure on ourselves to make some big improvement that everyone will talk about.” He goes on to say that “improving by just 1% isn’t notable, and sometimes not even noticeable, but it can be just as meaningful in the long run.”

Food for Thought:

  • Small improvements add up over time
  • Accentuate small gains with students, particularly with struggling students
  • Take time to celebrate with students and parents


Laurence Sterne once said, “In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” As we think about our own teaching and/or learning experiences, how often do we establish a calm and peaceful learning environment?

Food for Thought:

  • Incorporate mindfulness breaks into a typical day
  • Provide opportunities for students to “be still and listen”
  • Provide for effective transition and/or movement breaks

Let the Light In

Leonard Cohen once said, “There’s a crack in everything – that’s how the lights get in.”

As the First Marking period is nearing an end for many of us, I stop to think and ask myself what opportunities have I provided for students to let their light shine. For some students, this might mean setting them up for success.

Food for Thought:

Differentiated Instruction for ALL students

Celebrate every success

Set achievable goals with students

Clear up misinterpretations in the moment


Jim Rohn once said, “If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is an education to turn him around.”

Think about any students you feel might be headed down the wrong road. What educational opportunities are your providing in an effort to educate. What supports are you providing to turn these students around?