"Thanksgiving after all is an action not a word!" ~Mrs. Boisvert
Yesterday as I walked past Mrs. Boisvert's class I noticed this wonderful quote. I have thought about it for two days now and can't help but share. What a wonderful thought for our students, staff, and parents to ponder as well. The quote probably has a different meaning for us all. Hopefully we can consider how our "thanksgiving" actions affect those with whom we love, teach, and surround our lives with. Thank you Mrs. Boisvert for this very special quote! Happy Thanksgiving!
This BLOG post from SMARTBlogs on Education shares such a wonderful message that educators must remember as we move through each day of the school year.
TEACHING is BOTH a SCIENCE and an ART. We cannot let the artist in us disappear and have to practice being mindful to keep our "inner artist" in check each day.
Carol Hunter suggests these mindful reminders:
It takes artists to see the big picture, think creatively and critically, and begin to shape the future of education. Artists celebrate human individuality. The art of teaching requires that we:
So go ahead! Let it shine! Let it shine! :)
There is something lately that is really sparking my interest as an educator. That something is all about educating and helping our students to be mindful of their social and emotional intelligences. Sometimes as educators, I feel that assessments, lessons, paper work, mandates, and other such tasks get in the way of helping us connect with our students on personal levels. Time is so precious these days, and there seems to be a lack of time for actually educating students on their interpersonal and interpersonal skills. Fortunately, the ELA Common Core and 21st Century Learning Skills help us to focus on speaking, listening, and communicating. I feel that with these standards we, as educators, can help our students become more proficient in social and emotional aspects of life. However, we as educators must be mindful ourselves and give or "mandate" some time to such important life skills. I love the blog post "Habits of the Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude" found in Edutopia today by Maurice Elias. (click on the image above to read the article.) I feel he has hit home on some of the things we have to help our students learn and practice social and emotional life skills. Thanks Maurice!
He suggests these simple activities to help students reflect on gratitude:
With the Thanksgiving Holiday coming up, I had to share these fantastic ideas with my staff that can help student reflect and act on gratitude. With seven instructional days before Thanksgiving, perhaps you could pick one, two, or even all of the ideas to help your students be mindful of the things they should be thankful for?
Just a thought...
I believe. Do you?
I believe that kids…
wake up each day wanting to be someone
will change their world
change my world
change the world.
I believe that teachers…
rise above the bandaid fixes in education
see kids at the core of who they are
see beyond to who kids can become
inspire lasting change in our world
serve in order to make the world humane.
I believe that schools…
are sacred places
do big things for many kids every single day
are the cornerstone to our communities
the keystone to our society
hold the kinetic answers to the world’s problems.
I believe that communities…
recognize that education cannot be sacrificed for any other cause before them, ever.