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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.

Look, Listen, Love


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*The Gift of Empathy
Having empathy means that we can understand and care about what other people are feeling. With this message and lesson plan, students will consider the idea that empathy can be a gift when we put it to work to help others in need.

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
~ Henry David Thoreau

We may never fully understand what a student, a colleague, or family member is going through. Maybe they are coming from such a different frame of reference that their experience or situation is difficult to get our minds around. But we can always get our hearts around the matter, even if we don't share the same reality. Empathy breaks through boundaries. Sometimes all we need to do is simply be there for that person—noticing, witnessing, hearing and feeling with them. That may be all it takes to help another realize that, despite having no shared experience, we are there for them in a time of need.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

We tend to spend too much time talking about ourselves. Be sure you listen, too. We benefit from listening. And when we listen, people are more likely to listen to us.

Deciding to Be


Originally published November 25, 2019.

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*Directing Your Own Life
Every time students act responsibly, they earn more trust. With that trust usually comes more freedom to choose. Being trustworthy can mean making some tough short-term choices, but long-term, it can mean having greater control over one's future. Students explore the idea that the benefits of making responsible decisions far outweigh the costs.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each day, we are faced with a myriad of decisions and choices. They come from every angle. The consequences of those choices rest squarely on our shoulders. The thing is, the choices never stop coming at us. They just change in nature. And, although we each have a lifetime of experience and knowledge; it can be a challenge to always make wise choices. And as adults, our choices are being observed by those coming up behind us. The best gift we can give ourselves and future generations is to remember that every good choice we make moves us closer to our best selves.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

If there's something you want to change in your life, map out a plan to start implementing it with small steps. Move closer to your best self.

Awfully Good


Originally published November 18, 2019.

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*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.

I have an awfully good life.
~ Ann Richards

Gratitude isn't complicated. It's simply noticing and appreciating the good in our lives, really noticing, even on days when it takes effort to navigate the roadblocks of life only to find something good sitting quietly on the sidelines. That's the beauty of looking for all the things for which to be grateful. The good in our lives doesn't always come in big, bold strokes. Oftentimes, it's just a wisp of a good thing like a sweet smile from a student, a bird landing on the windowsill or a refreshing shower at the end of a hard day. Whatever it is, learn to take note and give a little thanks for how awfully good this life can be!

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

If committing to a journal isn't your thing, simply remind yourself of five good things that happened each day before you go to bed. It's a great way to drift off to sleep!

Every Sunshine


Originally published November 11, 2019.

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*Four-leaf Clovers
Some of the "luckiest" people you will ever meet are not lucky at all. They simply set goals, work hard, and reap the natural consequences of all their effort. Students consider the idea that they can make the decision to work hard to reach their goals rather than counting on luck.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
~ Louisa May Alcott

Teaching the life skill of goal setting is crucial. When we encourage our students to work hard to achieve a goal, and when we teach them to invest in the success of their future, it's a win-win for everyone! But because we spend our days helping others achieve their goals, it's easy to forget to seek our own highest aspirations. Maybe we feel we are already living our dreams. Maybe it makes us tired just to think of setting a new goal. But personal goal setting is about more than personal gain. It's about having the focus and determination to aspire to be our best, understanding that when we do, it's good not only for ourselves, but for our students.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Don't overwhelm yourself with the burden of a long goal list. Start small and think of your goals as individual steps toward higher aspirations.

Fresh Strength


Originally published November 4, 2019.

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*Respecting the Land
Part of the Native American culture is a deep respect for the land, air, and water. What we do today to the environment will affect future generations. Students will explore some of the heritage and culture of the Native American people and how we can draw upon their wisdom to help protect our environment.

Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you think of bathing, what comes to mind? Total immersion? The relaxation and relief that follows? How about the cleansing away of the stress and tensions of the day? The Japanese have a sort of "bathing" practice known as Shinrin-Yoku. It translates to forest (shinrin) bath (yoku) and simply means absorbing and connecting with nature to recharge. Our tech-crazy, fast-paced world can take its toll on adults and children alike. Be sure to allow time to freshen up with a little "forest bathing" in-between all the demands of your life. Doesn't have to be a forest, just a little spot in nature will do.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Don't have a forest near you? It's ok! Find a special spot, however small, where your senses can recharge in nature.