Sunday, January 18, 2015

Each Day is New

"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" ~ L.M. Montgomery

Students need to know that no one is perfect, their mistakes are always learning opportunities, and each day is new.

It's a simple thought, but so often overlooked.

A negative experience, conversation, or perception from one day can affect a student's next day, if we let it. That is why it is so important to build connections, positive relationships, and a growth mindset. Learning is not set in stone, and neither is our classroom culture. It is like any other relationship - it takes effort, positive attention, and most importantly ~ time.

Des Moines, IA sunrise 1/18/15
While building a positive culture takes effort, it's the small things that often make the biggest difference. Here are a few things a teacher can do to make a positive difference for students:

Greet students with a smile and welcome them.

Ask them about their activities.

Let them know the exciting things they will do and learn today.

Listen. Truly listen to what they are telling you.

Allow second chances, and more.

Find out what makes each student unique.

Take time to celebrate success.

Keep things fresh and try new ideas.

Just as the sun rises each morning, allow your students to know that each day is a new opportunity for a positive light to shine in your classroom.

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