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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.

State of Love

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*Good Sticks Like Glue
The good we do in the world is never lost. It sticks to the hearts of others. There are many things we can lose. We can lose our pencils and keys. We can lose our money and books. But one thing we never lose is the goodness we give away. All the good things we do for others will stick to their hearts forever.

"Love isn't a perfect state of caring. It's an active noun, like 'struggle.'"
~ Fred Rogers

There are many goals we struggle to achieve. For example, we may struggle with exercising or eating right to achieve our best health. This is also true with our relationships. There are times when we have to struggle to keep loving, caring, and resolving conflicts. It can be difficult.

Fred Rogers is right. Love is an "active noun," especially when we don't feel particularly loving at all. This is where the rubber meets the road in relationships. Can you love someone who is being unlovable? It can be a real struggle. But that is exactly what we need to do; put love into action. Do you have any students who are difficult to love? Who are constantly acting out in unlovable ways? Love them anyway.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Sometimes self care requires caring for others. Sounds counter intuitive, but by loving and caring for another, we expand our empathy and compassion.

More Than Good

Originally published March 23, 2020.

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*That's Not Fair
We are all guilty of saying "That's not fair," but sometimes when we think we are being treated unfairly, the truth is, we are not. Before blaming others for treating us unfairly—and therefore being unfair to them—it's important to consider carefully what really happened. Students explore the costs and benefits of being fair-minded.

"Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just."
~ Victor Hugo

When we are young children, adults often intervene in matters of fairness. They ask questions such as "Did you take her ball?" or "How would you feel if you weren't offered a cookie like everyone else?"

Things get decidedly more complicated as we age. Here's the reality. Many times others don't realize that what they said or did was unfair. We are then faced with a choice. Do we politely ignore it and let it be, or do we speak up with civility and take a stand for fairness. It can be a delicate skill and difficult to model. But we need to. Our students need to learn the importance of striving for fairness.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

If you believe someone is being unfair, give them the benefit of the doubt and then share what you are thinking. There's a good chance the offender doesn't realize his or her offense. It can be good for them and for you.

Nothing to Fear

Originally published March 16, 2020.

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*Clean and Bright
We view the world through many windows, one of which is our conscience. When we make caring, honest, and responsible choices, our conscience is clear and we are better able to navigate our way to a more successful life. Students explore the meaning of the word "conscience" and the benefits of a clear conscience.

A clear and innocent conscience fears nothings.
~ Queen Elizabeth I of England

What does having a clear conscience mean to you? How would you describe it if a student were to ask you? You might tell them that their conscience is their highest and best standard, their moral compass. It's what tells them what is wrong and guides them to what is right. What's more, a clear conscience is their best defense for not getting into trouble. It's both a healthy response and a preventative measure.

It's important that we remind our young people that the practice of doing the right thing keeps their integrity intact in a world where their values will be constantly challenged. And it's also important that we lead by example.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Our conscience is what helps us to be good and loving to each other. Keep that conscience shiny and bright by bringing a little joy into the life of someone you know that may be struggling.

Ways to See

Originally published March 9, 2020.

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*Matters of the Art
An exciting part of the educational process can be discovering the artist inside. Making art can help students develop confidence, patience, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Art helps us see connections and brings a more coherent meaning into our world.
~ Dr. Ernest Boyer

The benefits of making art are plentiful. Compositional guidelines include balance, unity, and determining a focal point. These are important guidelines for the success of artistic endeavors as well as success in our lives. Striving for balance and harmony while focusing on guiding principles can be quite valuable. It helps us see more clearly the connections in our lives, the meaning and coherency.

Art can teach us how to look deeply and investigate the world around us. Today, view your life as a painting. Where do you need more balance, harmony, or focus? Determine to create change where it is needed so your life can be a true masterpiece.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

There are many places to take an art class. Do yourself a favor, sign up for one! After a stressful day, it feels great to connect with your hands to throw some clay, or paint, or weave or draw.

Listen Completely

Originally published March 2, 2020.

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*I'm Listening
It's important that we learn to listen to one another in order to build successful relationships at school, at home, and in the community. Active listening is an acquired skill. When we listen deeply to one another, we convey respect and caring and make the world a better place to be.

When people talk, listen completely. Don't be thinking what you're going to say.
~ Ernest Hemingway

The power of someone thoroughly listening when you need it most is often overlooked in our busy and loud world. There's a fast-paced level of banter in most of our days, like that of a tennis match—back and forth and back again. When what really needs to happen is a one-sided listening ear, someone to look at you and really hear what you are saying. Perhaps it's a colleague or a student who needs an adult to hear him or her, or maybe it's you. Whatever the case, listening—completely listening—though quiet and unassuming is one of the most compassionate and generous connections you can offer.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Stop and listen to the conversations around you. It's amazing how much we miss when we are busy thinking of a response.