Showing posts from October, 2015

One Voice.

Staring at you are 24 pairs of eyes giving you the chance to look into their lives. You notice fairly quickly: one student has droopy eyes, one student’s eyes are shining like the sun, one student will not make eye contact, and one student could stare a hole right through you.   Eyes tell stories; stories of happiness and joy, pain and sorrow, anguish and anger, shyness and timidness… Students come and leave from one school year to the next, but words live forever. We have this tool that often goes unused or used incorrectly.  Our voice.  Our words. An everlasting tool that God gave us to encourage, inspire, and share.    It is up to us how we use this tool. Every year, I emphasize the importance of the use of our words… to be a “filler” and not a “dipper”... That words are powerful, can make a lasting impact, and can not be taken away. I hand the students a tube of toothpaste, a paper plate, toothpick, and a pencil. Next, I instruct them to open the toothpaste

Finding Your Way

Lost in a world of confusion and chaos, demands and wants, haters and the pessimists… where do we stand? I came across  a quote that I hope will inspire you as much as it inspired me… Life is like a thicket in a jungle… we are tested, there are obstacles, and choices to be made.   As educators, these choices fly at us, but we must keep our eyes on the commonality: the children whom we are teaching. I am sure you all have gone against the grain once or twice, and may have experienced success or failure… but if the students were at the center of your choice… your intentions were in the correct place.   During these times of decisions, there is a moment where, as humans, we realize we have a choice… to be reactive or proactive. Obviously, the best choice is to be proactive, but so often our first instinct is to be reactive.  We must model this “blink-of-an-eye” amount of time for our students.  I know what you are thinking… This is easier said than done. I can

What is Your Weather?

What is Your Weather Like Today? by Jamie Chenault Weather is a recurring cycle in which we have no choice, but to allow to pass us by. For there is no control, no substantial being, who can swirl or sing the weather into place. Humans can make no change with the sound of their voice, but must adapt to what is. The sun, the warmth, the blinding rays, all dance around us through the happiest days. The clouds, the buoyancy, the white pillows, move by saying “Hello” through the happiest days. The rain, the cold, the grayness, fall upon us through the dreaded days. The flashes, the boisterous thunder, the engulfing sound, anxiously await to take us through the dreaded days. The rainbow, the colors, the never-ending arc, brings wonder to us through the days of change. The clearing, the peak, the dryness, sends waves of hope through the days of change. Don’t let anyone fool you, you have control. You can choose… So, w