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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.

Attitude of Gratitude


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*Thanksgiving: Create an Attitude of Gratitude
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to foster and share a sense of gratitude. When we consider the struggles the pilgrims faced, the fact that they set aside a day of thanks becomes all the more meaningful. These materials will help your students consider the benefits of counting their blessings, particularly during difficult times.

"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy – because we will always want to have something else or something more."
~ Brother David Steindl-Rast

We all know the importance of gratitude. Entire books have been written on the topic; best-selling books read by millions. Yet many of us move through entire days, even weeks, without stopping to appreciate small things like hot water and laughing children. It is like exercise; we know we should, but …. The truth is, most of us have much for which to be thankful, not just on Thanksgiving, but every single day. So be happy. Be grateful.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Write down three things for which you are grateful

Look Who's Watching


Originally published November 16, 2020.

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*Look Who's Watching
We may get by with some poor choices when we think nobody's looking, but there's one very important person who is always watching - ourself, and our opinion of ourself matters. Students explore the importance of self-awareness, realizing that they are always watching their own behavior and the choices they make.

"You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."
~ Gandhi

It can be difficult to do the right thing, especially when no one is looking. It can be especially difficult when we don't see the point. What difference will it make? I'll certainly never see results, at least not in my lifetime. But as Gandhi says, all that doesn't matter. All that matters is that we do the right thing.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

If you know you didn't do the right thing in a certain situation, do it now. Do it for yourself.

Simple Kindness


Originally published November 9, 2020.

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*Simple Kindness
Consider all the bad situations in our world and in our lives that might completely go away - disappear - if everyone involved would show some simple kindness toward one another. There will always be mean-spirited and uncaring people in the world, but we can help reduce the pain caused by such behavior by showing simple kindness to those around us.

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong because someday in your life you will have been all of these."
~ George Washington Carver

Most of us have been told that how far we go in life probably depends on hard work and careful planning mixed with some solid determination. Yet each of us knows intuitively that we cannot thrive, we cannot truly succeed, without tenderness, compassion, and tolerance, and it is these qualities, more than any other, that take us where we need to go in life.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Pat yourself on the back for helping to safeguard our democracy as a classroom teacher.

The Real Safeguard


Originally published November 2, 2020.

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*Elections: Counting for Something
Students have great opportunities at school to learn to think independently so they can someday become responsible voters in the democratic process.

"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Roosevelt and our founding fathers understood that the success of our republic depends on an educated citizenry. We are blessed with the task of helping young people understand this fundamental principle. When our students learn why and how our nation was formed, how history has shaped the present and our choices impact the future, we give them the knowledge they need to choose wisely as adult voters. And they begin to understand the sacrifices required to create and maintain a democracy. What an inspiring and sacred call to action!

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Pat yourself on the back for helping to safeguard our democracy as a classroom teacher.

Keeping it Real


Originally published October 26, 2020.

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*Keeping it Real
For people who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, the expression "keeping it real" means getting real about their substance abuse and the impact it is having on themselves and others. Students consider the importance of being honest with themselves about the implications and dangers of illegal drug use.

"To my purist trout friends, bass are lowly fish. To me, bass are bent rods and aching arms. To my ex-wife, bass are the bewilderment of addiction."
~ Jim Slinsky

It's difficult to understand addiction unless you can empathize. Most of us can. We're addicted to chocolate or the Lotto, or maybe bass fishing. Empathy allows us to love one another even in the face of great frustration and disappointment with another's addiction. Without empathy, it's far too easy to be unkind and judgmental, which serves no purpose at all. In truth, most of us care about someone who has a harmful addiction, a family member, a friend, a colleague, or a student. And in the face of that addiction we have a choice to make: rejection and unforgiveness, or empathy and encouragement.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

If you have an addiction that may be harmful, reach out to an empathetic friend for some help.