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?

Lighting of a Fire

William Butler Yeats once said “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”

This statement makes me think of our most difficult students and what we do to keep them engaged in the learning process. Although, not an easy task at times, it is OUR responsibility to reach EVERY student.

Think about your most difficult students. What are you doing to capture them? How are you trying to motivate them?

The Power of Influence

I am often reminded that the influence of a good teacher can never be erased.

Think about what kind of influence you make on your students each day. What are you doing to make sure that you have a positive influence on your students? Think about one thing you can change at this point to have more of a positive influence on your students.

Hopes and Dreams

As I begin the first day of school tomorrow, I am beginning to think about Hopes and Dreams for my new class.

I dream that I can create a learning environment in which they will all be successful in their own way. I hope to motivate, inspire, encourage, and celebrate.

What are your hopes and dreams for the new school year?