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Just For You

One component of our program is our Just For You messages. These concise, thought-provoking Just For You messages are written to foster professionalism, promote ethical and caring leadership, boost morale, and improve classroom management.

Below are a few samples.

Just for You Message For Staff

Who are You?

Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What kind of person are you? Not the person that teaches, or mentors. Not the colleague, spouse, or friend. Who are you ‐ in your heart, behind closed doors, when no one is looking? Do you cut corners or do you walk the talk? Are the different facets of your life in line with each other? No one is perfect, but there shouldn't be great inconsistencies between who you are in public and what you do in private. It's important to be proud of the decisions you make out of sight. You may think no one notices, but it's those seemingly invisible things that speak so loudly.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to Take Care of Yourself: Think of admirable choices you made for no audience other than yourself.

Corresponding Broadcast Message with Lesson Plan for Students
Catching a Thief

Key Ideas: The implications of stealing - Good character is a valuable asset to possess
Character Traits: Honesty - Integrity - Dignity

Consider copying and pasting a Just for You message into an email and sending it to your staff weekly for encouragement.

Just for You Message For Staff

Directing Your Dreams

If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Have you ever had what is called a lucid dream, also known as a conscious dream? In a lucid dream, the dreamer is conscious that he or she is dreaming and has control over the scenes and the characters. As we move through our waking hours, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could be ever-aware that we are indeed the real-life directors of our goals and dreams and that we can choose to move confidently in that direction? Imagine what we could accomplish if we truly endeavored to live the life we have imagined.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to Take Care of Yourself: Take one confident step in the direction of your dreams, and then take another and then another.

Corresponding Broadcast Message with Lesson Plan for Students
Directing Your Own Life

Key Ideas: Taking responsibility for one's choices and actions - Directing one's life story - Goalsetting
Character Trait: Responsibility - Respect - Self-management

Extraordinary Ordinary

This Just for You was featured along with the message and lesson plan:
Reaching for Greatness
Every single one of us has the potential for greatness, no matter what circumstances we were born into, no matter what types of challenges we face. Students have the opportunity to consider that greatness can manifest in many ways.

Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well.
~ Henry David Thoreau

What if you knew the exact moment when you would be called upon to act in greatness? How would you prepare? Would you act differently somehow? If you think about it, every moment is potentially that moment – the opportunity to take an ordinary situation and approach it with extraordinary love, compassion, and encouragement. In the classroom, at home, anywhere, anytime, that's where you can be your best. There's no special preparation needed. Just carry out your ordinary tasks in an extraordinary way. You will inspire those around you, and you will encourage your students to be their best. Isn't that what we all want?

With something to think about . . .

Remember to Take Care of Yourself
Today is the day! Grab the opportunity to act in extraordinary greatness in your everyday activities.

Pop Quizzes

The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
~ Tom Bodett

Life is full of tests. Barely a day goes by without a few pop quizzes on patience or kindness. Most weeks have at least one test on self-control. And then there are those final exams, when our entire future might depend on whether or not we pass or fail a lesson in perseverance or integrity.

"They [Just For You] are reminders that in our struggle to educate, we must also take care of ourselves to better meet the needs of our children."

Roberta, School Counselor - Montana

So could it be that high-stakes testing is testing you? Probably. It might be helpful to consider what lesson you can learn from the process. Who knows? It could be one of those great opportunities to ace an exam and graduate top of the class.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to Take Care of Yourself
With every challenge, take the time to figure out what you can learn from the experience. When you pass the test, do something nice for yourself.

Small Things

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
~ Napoleon Hill

When we think of helping others, it can sometimes seem like a large, daunting task. There are just so many things one can do and so much time and/or money needed to contribute. Helping others doesn't have to be a great sweeping process though. Oftentimes, small gestures can be just the perfect thing needed — like a phone call, greeting card, an errand run, or dinner delivered. There are times when the only thing needed to help someone is a little compassion or a smile at just the right moment. There is no size limit when it comes to helping, everyone can contribute in some small, great way.

"The Just For You email is so valuable to me. It always comes at just the right time to give me a boost. It really helps me keep things in perspective, which is what I really need every day."

Rosemary, School Counselor - New Jersey

With something to think about . . .

Remember to Take Care of Yourself
Include yourself on the list of people you could help with small things.

Leaders on Campus

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
~ Jim Rohn

All educators are leaders, people who have influence over others, who guide and direct them. The question isn't whether or not educators are leaders, but what kind of leaders we are. How are we influencing others? In what direction are we pointing them? Many may never consider traits such as humility, kindness, and thoughtfulness as qualities of leadership. But if we consider the most respected and effective leaders, we appreciate the wisdom of Jim Rohn's words.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to Take Care of Yourself
Lead yourself to a quiet place and consider the kind of leader you are on campus.