Monday, September 5, 2011

You Are Empowered to Determine How Well Your School Year Goes

Many schools have already started the 2011-2012 year.  Many others, like mine, start tomorrow - the day after Labor Day.

Whether your first day has come and gone or your first day begins in about 10 hours, it is important to remember the importance of first impressions.  You set the tone for the year on day one.  When day one ends, guess what?  You get to keep it going on day 2, 3, 4, ...

Every day will not work the way you planned.  Some will be better than expected.  That's life.  Some things are outside of our control.

Choose to not worry about those things.

Rather, be wise enough to determine what you DO control and focus your efforts there.

What do you control that will have an impact on how well your day goes?

You control...
  • how friendly you are.  Smile.  Greet students at the door.
  • how responsive you are.  Do not ignore the student in front of you because you are fixated on an issue away from the present situation.  Communicate timely.  Provide feedback in a manner that supports learning.
  • how trustworthy and reliable you are.  If you said you would do it, then do it.  Only make claims you are prepared to back up.  Leave no doubt that you are there to serve the needs of the student under the guidance of the mission of your school.
  • how interactive you are.  Who asks more questions, you or your students?  Are your students actively engaged or passively engaged?
These things you cannot relinquish control of because they belong only to you.  They are powerful and empowering.  Once you accept that you control these qualities and decide to use them, you will be amazed at how well your year may go.

Have a great 2011-2012.
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