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via Danny Steele
Early in my career as a fourth grade teacher, whenever I got my new class roster, I inevitably inspected each and every name, hoping I didn’t get any of “the problem students.” But, as I gained more experience, rather than looking at these students as an inconvenience, I started to view them as opportunities. (After all, we’re here to serve our students, not the other way around.)
For me, the above quote definitely hits home because often times I was one of the problem students. And, it has never been difficult for me to differentiate between the teachers who shuddered when they saw my name on their list, and those who embraced my strengths while working with me to improve upon my areas of growth.
via David Geurin
This quote jumped out at me when I initially saw it on Twitter. And, while the word attitude can potentially come with negative connotations, in the context of this quote I believe it’s entirely appropriate; it’s a word that encompasses the manner in which we carry ourselves and how others may feel as a result of interacting with us.
On a more personal note, the quote forces me to reflect upon my attitude, and what my district would be like if everyone’s attitude mimicked my own. At the same time, I wonder – Across an organization, are discrepancies in attitudes necessary to maintain a balanced workplace?
via Tom Murray
Yes, as a central office administrator, scrutinizing what takes place in faculty rooms can feel like a low blow. But, without hesitation, I can say that this quote easily applies to any space, room, or place of work. (However, I did hear one principal say he was going to hang it up on the door to his faculty room.)
Interestingly enough, as a teacher, I rarely ate in the faculty room. I usually preferred to eat in my classroom so I could get work done and/or be with students who wanted to have lunch with the teacher.
via John Spencer
Check out this video and read what John has to say about it! Seriously. No words can do the video justice. Just watch it.
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