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

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Positive Impacts

Les Brown once said, “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what kind of a positive impact are we making on students?

Food for Thought:

  • Reinforce positive behaviors daily
  • Recognize both individual and/or group progress
  • Focus on the positive with parents and/or families

Effort or Perfection

Jillian Michaels once said, “It’s not about perfect, it’s about effort. When you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens and that’s how change occurs.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what opportunities are we providing for students to demonstrate their best effort?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities to build stamina and/or perseverance
  • Recognize and celebrate all academic growth, even if minimal
  • Encourage students to put forth their best effort each day

Happiness and Kindness

An anonymous source once said, “If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what are we doing to promote and/or model kindness and happiness?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased recognition of kindness
  • Celebrate Kindness Week
  • Increased opportunities for students to demonstrate acts of kindness
  • Take time each day to smile!

Slow and Steady

Confucius once said, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what kinds of opportunities are we providing for kids to both build upon and utilize stamina?

Food for Thought:

  • Increased opportunities to build stamina
  • Increased opportunities for peer-peer collaboration
  • Increased opportunities for students to revise and/or edit work

Moving Forward

Walt Disney once said, “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” As we reflect on our own teaching experiences, what kinds of opportunities are we creating students to keep moving forward, even when things become difficult?

Food for Thought:

  • Consistently model and encourage perseverance
  • Increased opportunities for students to build stamina
  • Increased opportunities for students to research a topic of interest

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