Echoes of Life

A wise person once said, “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo.   It always gets back to you, so give goodness.

What kind of echo do you resonate to you students and their families? Think about all the ways you can send a positive message to your students, their families, and your colleagues.


A Place Called Home

What are we to do when we encounter difficult families who do not support our efforts? It is of utmost importance to not give up. Remember, if we give up, the kids give up. We must not let this happen.

Think about a difficult situation you encountered with a parent and/or family? What made it difficult? How did you work to resolve the conflict?

We must accept the fact that a child’s family and/or economic situation has more influence than we do. As effective educators we must continue to be the best each and every day. What does your best day and/or encounter with students, parents and families look like?

What is in your Heart?

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?


Be Still and Listen

Often times in our day to day teaching we are sent a message.  When we don’t hear those messages we get a lesson. When the lesson is not learned we get a problem. If we don’t handle the problem we get a full blown crisis.

What kinds of messages do your students send?  What kinds of lessons have you learned from your students? What kinds of problems have you encountered with your students? What have you done to prevent a crisis?  Think about one small change you can implement immediately to avoid another crisis and always remember to focus on the positive.


Appreciation ALL Around

I recently read an editorial in the local paper about telling teachers they have made a difference on Teacher Appreciation Day and/or week.  While I agree with the author to some extent, I often find myself wondering how many students, families, and/or parents I have thanked for making a difference. We ALL like to be appreciated and thanked for our hard work.

Parents and families are JUST as important as teachers and must also be thanked and appreciated.

Think about a parent and/or family that has really made a difference in your classroom this year.  Take a moment to thank them.  Perhaps invite them in for an Appreciation or Recognition Night.