Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”   As we reflect upon our own teaching experiences, do we stop when things don’t go our way or do we embrace recommendations for change and/or improvement?

Food for Thought:

  • Invite a colleague in to observe and give feedback
  • Ask for help and support, if and when needed
  • Be receptive to feedback from your colleagues and/or administrator

Measures of Success

James E. Casey once said, “One measure of your success will be the degree to which you build up others who work with you. While building up others, you will build up yourself.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, we must always remember to support each other. Are you supportive with each other or do you choose to take a ride on the “negativity train”?

Food for Thought:

  • Ask for help and support when needed
  • Increased opportunities for collaboration
  • Think about doing a kind deed each day for your colleagues

Noise or Quiet

A wise person once said, “Destruction has noise, but creation is quiet.” As we reflect on our teaching experiences, are we providing appropriate opportunities for students and/or colleagues to be creative?

Food for Thought:

  • Look for the positives in all our day to day expectations. Encourage each other to succeed
  • Increased opportunities for creative opportunities through less teacher talk and more student talk
  • Be still and listen to your students

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


Goethe once said, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

What kinds of opportunities are you providing for students and families to let their true potential shine? How are you making sure that all of your students are capable of being successful?


Helen Keller once said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

What are you doing to promote hope and/or confidence for your students? Are you promoting a sense of optimism or defeat? Are you and your students feeling confident?

Four Corners

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?