Enhancing or improving school culture starts from the top down. Starting with the principal then the teachers and staff, and finally the students. Your students will follow your example nine times more often than your advice. How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath will inspire you to lead with kindness.
How Full is Your Bucket? is a great book for your entire team (staff, teachers, and principal) to read together. It is a short read that delivers a powerful message that is sure to make a culture shift on campus.
Let us know if this book made a difference on your campus by leaving a comment below.
For some people making new friends can be a bit terrifying. We’ve put together a fun interactive project for students of all ages. Younger students can make posters or simply do a small presentation on flash cards, while older students can utilize technology and create a PowerPoint presentation or iMovie. The sky is the limit.
Literature is a powerful way to teach life lessons! This month we have six book suggestions by grade level that focus on friendship. We hope you and your students enjoy these books. We’d love to hear any additional book recommendations you have, you can send us an email or add a comment below.
Creating a personal teacher/administrator mission statement has powerful positive effects on you and your students. In our 21 Day Kindness Challenge: Classroom Edition we talk about how a teacher’s mood can impact the classroom environment. You can’t be an effective leader to your students unless you have a strong sense of who you are and what you stand for. If you take the time to create your personal teacher/administrator mission statement, you will be a top notch teacher, counselor, and principal.
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter Drucker
Planning in the off season.
Summer is your off season, and it’s a perfect time for you to relax, reflect and plan. John Wooden, late head coach of the UCLA basketball team, took advantage of the off season by focusing on one area in his sport and learning all he could. Wooden filled his days by talking with other coaches, conducting research, reading books and took the time to reflect on his coaching. Take advantage of the time you have this summer to write your personal teacher mission statement, read some inspiring books and plan for success.
Write from the heart.
Take the time to think about what will motivate you to be excited to teach and lead every day. Jot down a few words that resinate with you. Recall the reasons you became a teacher or administrator. Perhaps there was a teacher in your life that you admired, what qualities did that person possess? What do you want to inspire in others? What kinds of things do you want to be remembered for? What qualities do you see in others that inspires you?
Keep it simple.
Try keeping your mission statement simple - one or four sentences. If you would prefer you can also make a bullet point list of powerful words. Block off some time for this as it may take you anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours.
Here is an example of a couple of mission statements:
“To make a contribution to the world by making tools for the mind that advance humankind.” - Steve Jobs
“A promise to my students:
Take time to read it daily.
After you’ve completed your mission statement, take the time to read it daily. We suggest reading your mission statement every morning before your students walk through the door. Keep it handy for those moments when you need a little encouragement.
Share your mission statement with us.
We’d love for you to share your mission statement with us as a comment following this blog post or on our social media channels Facebook and Twitter. You never know who you may inspire!
We are all born to make a difference. The relationships you build every day with your students will leave a lasting impression – make sure it is a good one! Rita Pierson, a 40-year veteran teacher, speaks from the heart when she shares her story about the value and importance of building relationships with students. Pierson’s TEDTalk - Every Kid Needs a Champion is a MUST watch for all of us who what make a difference in the lives of youth.
"Kids don't learn from people they don't like"
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