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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.

Uniquely Different

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*Advantages of Being Bilingual
People who speak two languages can be a big help to everyone. They can build a bridge of understanding between people who wouldn't be able to talk to each other otherwise. Fun and thought-provoking activities for all grade levels, some recommended books, and discussion generators that will help your students understand the benefits of being bilingual.

"A different language is a different vision of life"
~ Federico Fellini

More than ever before, today's educators teach on campuses that enjoy a highly diverse student body. Most have students from different cultures, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as different native languages. The diversity can present a challenge as teachers strive to make the curriculum relevant for all students.

But with this particular challenge comes a unique opportunity to step out of our comfort zones and gain new understandings of how those quite different from ourselves think, feel, and experience the world around them. And the marvelous thing is, when we strive to understand others, we ultimately learn so much more about ourselves.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Expand your world. Commit to learning a few phrases of another language.

Beautiful Day

Originally published September 7, 2020.

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*What's Happening
Bullies like to have an audience. Bystanders, however, often don't realize that by giving a bully an audience, they are contributing to the problem. In this message and lesson plan, students will learn about some inspiring seventh graders who took action against cyberbullying and consider different ways to deal with bullies at school or online.

"How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!"
~ George Elliston

We all get weary of the world at times. Ugly words are thrown about thoughtlessly, avoidable situations create unnecessary problems, and the last thing we feel like doing is addressing an intimidating situation. It is essential to exemplify to those less experienced that there are two ways to handle these difficulties when they arise. One way contributes to the problem and the other way works to solve it. When we listen with humility and demonstrate kindness, we help bring about resolution. Even when we are weary of the world and all its many challenges, we can touch others with kindness and help make someone's day beautiful.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Touch yourself with a little kindness today. Do something special just for you!

Color of Your Thoughts

Originally published August 31, 2020.

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*Beginning of the School Year: Strength of Habit
Aristotle once said "The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather make all the difference." Students explore the idea that it is easier to form positive habits now than to break bad habits, and that our habits shape our character and our character determines the outcome of our lives.

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of your thoughts."
~ Marcus

Many of us will begin the school year with upbeat thoughts and positive expectations. The challenge is to keep our minds filled with optimism. When we consciously fill our minds with affirming thoughts, we dye our souls with vibrant color. Everything we do is colored with hope and promise, and that gives us the grace and the confidence we need when challenges come our way. William James says that human beings are "bundles of habits," so start this new school year with a bundle of optimistic thoughts and then make this a great school year, or not. The choice is yours.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Write down three things you feel optimistic about and then soak your mind with those thoughts each day.

At the Core

Originally published August 24, 2020.

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*At the Core
Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, once said that "It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are." Students explore the notion that deciding which core values will guide them through life is one of the most important decisions they will ever make.

"From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness."
~ Dalai Lama

The apple has long been a symbol for teaching. It is interesting because one of the primary functions of any fruit is protecting the seeds inside its core, the seeds which will one day create more fruit. And isn't that what teachers do? Protect and plant seeds of learning?

So, what sits at the core of your being about teaching? What core values do you hope to plant this year? Your contentment in teaching may very well depend on protecting and nourishing those core seeds so you will enjoy the fruits of your labor.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Take time to list three core values you most desire to plant this school year.

Brand-New Endings

Originally published August 17, 2020.

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*Beginnings and Endings
The beginning of the school year is the perfect time for students to make some really important choices. If they begin on a solid foundation of guiding principles and expectations, they are much more likely to experience a better end.

"Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending."
~ unknown

We start this new school year with a great deal of uncertainty because of the Covid19 pandemic. As much as we wish we could, we cannot go back and create a new beginning, one without this deadly virus.

That leaves us with the here and the now. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not promised, and every hour of every day is a new beginning. Choices we make today can make a brand-new ending to the stories told about this time in our nation's history.

So as we move forward, let's focus on writing a brand-new ending that gives our students the best possible education and keeps them healthy through the process.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Especially now, take care of yourself: physically, emotionally, and mentally.