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November 2, 2018

posted Nov 5, 2018, 5:26 AM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has been a rainy and dreary week! I have been struggling without the sun this week. An article I was reading caught my interest, and it got me thinking. It stated, “Every day we leave behind us, attitudes and feelings that have a powerful effect on those who “find” them. Perhaps we leave happiness, positive ideas and thoughts, kindness, and love. Or maybe we leave behind us bitterness, jealousy, unhappiness, hatred, and conflict.”

It made me reflect on my attitude and look back over things. Being in education is a precious thing. Your job performance influences the future leaders of the world. I believe that teaching is not a job, but a passion. We must believe that every student is worthy of our best every day. I believe that teaching is a gift and you must realize that your students will use the “presents” you give them for the rest of their lives.

Will those “presents” be kindness, perseverance, sportsmanship, empathy, ownership and confidence? Or will it be frustration, selfishness, and discouragement.

I believe we are role models. And we need to understand that our students are always watching! They are watching to see if we are prepared with our lessons, they are watching us interact with colleagues and they listen to our conversations while we are on playground duty. They want us to have clear expectations, be consistent with our discipline and challenge them academically. But they also want us to hear them when they are having a bad day and understand that they stayed up late last night going trick-a-treating.

So when I wake up tomorrow, I will try to take 30 seconds to remember my actions leave an impression every day. At night when my head hits the pillow, I want those impressions to be on the positive end of the spectrum.

Have a great weekend and let's hope the sun comes out!
-Ann
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