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Just For You

Our Just For You emails provide you with professional support throughout the school year. These thought-provoking messages are written to foster professionalism, promote ethical and caring leadership, boost morale, and improve classroom management. But most of all … to support you.

Speaking of Trouble

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*Rainy Days
You are never too young to learn to save money for the rainy days of life. Life is unpredictable and we never know when we will be faced with a challenge that requires some money to resolve. Students explore the benefits of making a lifelong habit of saving money.

I don't say embrace trouble. That's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

For many, Trouble is hitting hard in some of the softest places. Out of nowhere, it comes out swinging, landing punches that leave us breathless. But what if we greet Trouble like a friend and put an end to the battle? What if we are on speaking terms and Trouble could teach us to grow mentally, emotionally, spiritually? And what if that conversation helps us focus on what's truly important at home and in the classroom? That's a conversation worth having, don't you think?

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Be on speaking terms with something that is troubling you. What good can you take from it?

Healer of Maladies

Originally published April 12, 2021.

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*Strumming Heartstrings
When our emotions and thoughts are condensed into words chosen for their sound, rhyme, or rhythm, the result is poetry. Reading, writing, and sharing poetry can help us gain self-awareness, as well as increase our awareness of how others think and feel. Through this process, we can discover amazing things about ourselves, our purpose, and our character.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found its words.
~ Robert Frost

You've heard of the Greek god, Apollo, right? Did you know he was the god of poetry as well as medicine? An interesting link, don't you think? Perhaps the ancient Greeks realized the link between expressing oneself through poetry and realizing some therapeutic benefits.

The next time your thoughts weigh heavily on you, translate them into words. There doesn't need to be perfection or structure involved ‐ just channel your emotions to the written word. You may be surprised at what surfaces as you write. And you may discover that your words have the power to comfort, heal, and help you interpret a multitude of maladies.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Don't be a harsh critic of yourself - just start writing and see where it takes you.

Nobleness of Character

Originally published April 5, 2021.

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*Disagreeing with Respect
Respect makes all the difference in the world when we are speaking with someone who disagrees with us. When we speak respectfully to others, they are more likely to listen to our point of view. Students will consider the idea that choosing the right tone and respectful words will lead to a more civil discussion.

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
~ Aristotle

We can't all be Teacher of the Month, and we may not ever receive the honors we deserve for a job well done, but we can be conscious that what we do in the classroom is honorable and we can approach our job with dignity. Dignity is defined as "nobleness of character." One with a noble character would naturally treat herself and others with dignity. And that is surely one of the greatest lessons we can teach our students: to treat themselves and others with dignity and to understand that whether or not they ever receive wealth or honors, they can live an honorable life.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Treat yourself with the dignity you deserve by being more conscious of the "nobleness" of your craft.

Secret Weapon

Originally published March 29, 2021.

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*Staying on Task
How many times have you said, "Let's get back to work" or "Pay attention, please." Learning to pay attention can be a difficult skill to learn for some kids. The best place to start is to explore classroom distractions, how to block them, and how to create a "question safe environment."

Concentration is the secret of strength.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Did you know that the average person can have thousands of thoughts a day? How do we concentrate when our thoughts are running amuck? We've all entertained thoughts that don't make sense, are negative, or even chaotic. Perhaps doubt or discouragement crept in and we got caught in a loop of negative thinking, which served no purpose but to zap our precious energy.

So how's this for a thought? Next time those uninvited, unhelpful thoughts enter your mind; concentrate on stopping them right away. Redirect your thoughts immediately to the task at hand. You can strengthen your effectiveness in the classroom by setting aside distractions and concentrating on the young minds right in front of you.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Next time your thoughts get away from you, consciously redirect your attention. Be present to whatever life has given you in that moment.

Truly Rich

Originally published March 22, 2021.

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*May I Help?
Imagine a world where human beings weren't serving each other in big ways and small ways each and every day. Serving others is the way we give back to our families, schools, communities and our nation for all the help and support we have received. Students consider that great human beings are helpful human beings.

Love is all we have. The only way that each can help the other.
~ C Euripedes

Sometimes it seems like there just isn't any more love to give. The emotional bank account has been overdrawn on behalf of spouses, children, siblings, students, and maybe elderly parents. But if we reap what we sow, if what goes around comes around, then every time we give a little love, a deposit should come back, right? And if love really is all we have and we want to be truly rich, then it is at those exact moments when we feel there is no more love to give that we must give or suffer the consequences of an overdrawn account.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Give lots of love this week trusting that it will come back with interest.