Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Morning Message: Don't Wait a Single Moment

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. 
–Anne Frank

I want to encourage you to start your day by picking the student who caused you the most frustration last week. The one that disrespected you in front of the class... the one that told his parents a lie about you to avoid getting in trouble... the one you had to kick out of your classroom because you had just had enough. That one. Now, start your week by saying something positive to that student first thing this morning. Don't compromise your expectations, but go out of your way to improve your relationship with that student. Yes, that student. Your world (as in, your classroom) will be a better place if you can figure out a way to mend that relationship, and the first step toward that mending is probably a quick positive interaction. Yes, that student is probably going to do something to get under your skin again, so you have to act fast. You might only have a split second between the time you see him and the time he messes up, so don't hesitate. Create the opportunity for positive interaction before he has the chance to mess up. Don't wait a single moment before starting to improve the world!