Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, September 5, 2011

Blues or Blessings

Today is Labor Day and many of you are already teaching. Others start tomorrow. But if you are a teacher or principal, I'd like you to consider something--is your work filled with the blues or blessings. It's so easy to focus on the negatives, all the things that go wrong, all the mistakes students make, and all that you do wrong. While it's important to learn from our mistakes, your year will be more positive if you focus on the blessings, those times a student smilies,or really learns something--even if it's small, or the impact you have on students and teachers.

Did you know you can be a blessing just by saying something positive about your students when everyone else is complaining about theirs? Or by choosing to effectively praise as many students as possible? Or by just writing down three good things that happened to you each day? I hope this year you choose blessings, not blues. I'm doing the same!

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