Sydney J. Harris once said, “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
Think about each and every opportunity you have provided for your students to “shine”. Think about different ways to recognize students each day.
Food for Thought:
- Reinforce positive behaviors
- Provide incentives for most improved students weekly and/or quarterly
- Accentuate the positives with parents and/or families on a regular basis
Invite parents in for a “showcase
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?
Mary Kay Ash once said, “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.”
Think about the limits you set on yourself. What are some ways that you might be able to stretch those limits? Take some time this week and/or this month to stretch your mind. Share your results with a colleague or supervisor.
We should always remember that ALL of our students, no matter what their capabilities, deserve the best. All students are capable of learning. Effective educators never give up on individual students. However, we should think about how we balance our efforts to help children succeed.
This task of wanting all of our students to succeed can become stressful at times. Hence, lies the reality that we are not able to solve every problem. We must not forget that. What does matter is that we are getting our kids to progress in some way, shape, or form. Think about the student who had a 40% average coming in at the start of a new year. At year-end, this same student has a 50% average? Growth?? Absolutely. It’s these small milestones sometimes that we should focus on and celebrate along the way.
Think about some ways you manage stress when it begins to become a burden for your day to teaching. What do you do to take care of yourself? When you feel overworked trying to be the superhero, what can you do? How do you turn that “stress” off? Have you ever thought about laughing with your students?