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Persist. Never Quit.

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As educators, we have goals for our schools, students and ourselves. Having a goal costs us nothing, but seeing the goal to completion will always cost something. How then do we accomplish our goal knowing there is a price we must pay for wanting to accomplish something worthwhile? Persistence.

Persistence is determination that refuses to be sidetracked.
 
Persistence is constant endurance.
 
Persist. Endure. Two verbs that are essential for every educator who wants to positively impact their students. Teaching is not easy. Low pay. Unruly students. Countless hours of grading and planning. Incompetent supervisors. Indifferent parents. All these and more challenges are to be expected in education. So, if this is what the game entails, how can you ensure that you come out victorious in the end? Again, persistence.

You have to be determined to accomplish your goals even in the midst of trials.
 
You have to endure the weariness and sometimes mundane tasks that come with being an educator.
 
You must persist even if your work does not seem to be making a difference.

Truth is, your work can make a great impact. Every day that you give a 100% effort to your school and students makes a difference. Every time that you shake off negativity, remember why you chose the field of education, and plow forward will help you in leaving a positive imprint. You may not always see the end result of your work, but just because you don’t see it, that doesn’t mean what you do is insignificant.

If a teacher wouldn’t have told a student, who only saw himself as “educable mentally retarded,” that someone else’s opinion of him did not have to become his reality, the world may have never had one of its most preeminent motivational speakers in Les Brown.
 
If a teacher wouldn’t have helped a young girl, who experienced physical and emotional abuse, find her own voice, the world might have never known the powerful poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
 
If a teacher wouldn’t have helped a shy, nerdy boy, named Bill Gates, find his own strengths and encourage his curiosity for learning, we may have not been able to experience Microsoft and all its benefits.

Being an educator can be tough, but my hope is that your mission to positively impact the lives of those you serve be stronger than any obstacle you face.

Persist. Never quit. Your school needs your gifts, ideas and talents. Your school needs you.

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Posted on October 24, 2018 and filed under Blogs, Education.

You Have The Power!

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Poverty stricken homes.
Violent neighborhoods
Teenage pregnancies.
High dropout rates.
A community without hope.

Do any of the above descriptors resonate with you in relation to the students you teach? As educators embark, or in some cases, continue with the first weeks of a new school year, two types of emotions are usually invoked. One is of excitement, while the other is that of indifference.

Excitement because a brand-new school year brings new opportunities for teachers to make a difference in the lives of students. Additionally, for some, there’s the thrill of implementing that new classroom decorating theme found on Pinterest. You know who you are!

However, for others, there’s indifference. A lack of interest and concern. Simply, an “I don’t care” attitude. There are myriad reasons for this feeling, some of which may include; heavy workloads and demands that seem to increase each academic year, lack of parent involvement, and challenging student behavior.

I don’t know where you stand. My guess because you are reading this is that you want what’s best for students, and although you know the school year will have its shares of ups and downs, you are committed to a cause that’s bigger than you. For you, the statement, “It’s about doing what’s best for the kids,” really is genuine.

Recently, I watched a video which highlighted the impact made by Dr. Tiffany Anderson in the Jennings School District. You can watch the 6-minute clip below. I want to emphasize on this statement from Dr. Anderson:

“Zip code should not determine the quality of education.”

Your students may not be raised in safe and loving homes that assert the importance of education, both inside and outside of school. Their reality could be going home to grim and dreary neighborhoods. Therefore, some of them will enter your schools with anxiety, anger, and apathy. You can’t control that.

What you can control is the quality of education that you provide them during the hours of the day that they are with you.

What you can do is exalt their minds and open them up to endless opportunities.

What you can take charge of is raising the expectations you have for them.  

Their social class, parents’ level of education, or race/ethnicity should not determine the level of expectations you have for them.

All students are capable of excelling in life. Some students just need that person who is willing to help them discover their hidden potential and show them the strength that lies within them.

You have the power to make a positive impact. Regardless of trials and challenges that you will face this school year, you can make a difference!

Believing in you,
A.C.

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Teacher Appreciation 2017

We are human turnstiles. People come into and out of our lives virtually every day, but only a select few remain with us for an extended period of time. And only a certain number will truly impact our lives.

As human beings, we can endure the lack of many things. But loneliness, the absence of connections with other people, can be extremely difficult to bear.

See, we were created for relationships. Our interactions with others teach, shape and guide us. We need other people in our lives because no matter how passionate we may be about our own personal goals and aspirations, there will come moments when our enthusiasm begins to dwindle, when we get tired, and when we stop dreaming.

There will be times when it will be absolutely necessary for us to have people encourage us and rekindle the fire within us. These individuals who do so are our true heroes and those we can count on through thick and thin knowing that they stand with us and join in our struggles so we do not have to fight alone.

The irony is that we are not always appreciative of the countless sacrifices and unconditional love that these people bestow upon us. Our forgetfulness is not intentional, but it definitely is good to be reminded that we are appreciated.

Perhaps as a teacher, you are the hero I have described. The one who helps students find peace in troubling times, and bolsters their faith when doubts and insecurities fall upon them. However, you may not always receive any acknowledgment or recognition.

So, today, allow me to express my appreciation to you for:

  • Helping students believe in themselves, when they could not see anything in them worth believing in.

  • Seeing potential and greatness in students, when parts of society see helpless and hopeless individuals.

  • The many acts of kindness that you do for students, not to be recognized, but simply because you deeply care about them.

  • The many hours you spend planning, preparing and coming up with creative ways to reach and teach your students.

  • Simply being there for students when others choose to walk away.

You are making a difference!

Thank you for your impact!

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