After the events of the last several months, ranging from the Covid shut down aiming a spot light on the disparities in our communities to all of the social unrest that is happening, I have dove into growing my own understanding of everything that I “thought” I knew and understood. Here is a Ted Talk that I thought you would like to see and reflect on. Let me know if you would ever like to have a conversation as you know my door is always open! Have a great weekend!
I started this blog about two weeks ago and as I was driving home I thought that my answer to this was…nothing. I know nothing for sure. I am so glad that I didn’t post it then, but now two weeks later there is so much that I know for sure!
I know that we have the hardest working staff in all of Lincoln!
I know that we as a whole are accomplishing the impossible of getting education to those who need it most during a pandemic!
I know that each and every person at this building is going so far above and beyond that there are no words to express my gratitude!
I know that we are making a difference each and every day!
I could go on and on. This has been an amazing beginning to the school year and you all have made that happen! Our students are better because of you! When you rest this weekend, please know that I am forever grateful for all that you are doing and that I will never be able to fully express how proud and amazed I am about what you all are accomplishing every day!
I have thought about this quote over and over the past few years. Right now I think about it multiple times every single day. Through all of this I know that each and every one of you have been working harder than we ever knew possible and at the end of the day we know that we will try again tomorrow! Thank you for all mustering up all of your courage to Try Again Tomorrow!!!! Have a great weekend and Happy Mothers Day!
We will try again tomorrow!!!!
Take time this long weekend to take care of you! Don’t worry about school. Just feed your soul and do what makes you happy! This is your time to reenergize and refill your own buckets! Have a great break! And see you Monday!
As I am working my way through the week, I am sensing more and more stress from everyone around me and honestly myself included. I happened upon these two quotes this weekend and they both mean so much to me personally and professionally. When it comes to Everett, I know that we have so many students who need us to be their safe place, their place that they can count on, and their place where they can be unconditionally loved. I have to ask myself, how have the students that I have worked with lately felt when they have left me? Have I contributed to their happiness or to their chaos? Have I helped them make changes for the better or for the worse? I honestly lay in bed at night and ask myself these questions, because I know that I am not perfect and that I have so much room to grow each and every day. “When children feel better they behave better” that is an amazing thought and it is so very true when we really stop and think about it every single day. Think about a student in your room or in the school who is struggling right now….how many specific positives have you given them just today? How have you contributed to their happiness or their chaos? How can you support and grow with them more tomorrow? When we think about kids and problems like this, it really changes the conversation. I have one more quote to share with you all! It is also one of my favorites right now!
Challenge for the rest of the week, double the amount of gold tickets that you have given out already this week. Water the flowers not the weeds! Find the positives and focus on them! We got this!
I feel like this is the heart of Everett! We believe that every student is capable of learning how to be at school with the proper teaching. We teach reading, writing, math, social skills, behavioral expectations, etc etc etc! We know and expect that our students don’t know how to do school and we find ways to TEACH them what they need to do to be successful citizens! Thank you for taking the time over and over again to teach our students how to behave! If we don’t, then who will?!?!
I love Everett!
I was so fortunate to sit with all of you today! I know that you are all overwhelmed with stress and your To Do’s. But I also wanted you to know that I am so energized just by being in the same room as you! Here is a Bren’e Brown quote that I thought you all should read and believe! Here’s to a great week!!!!!!
Teachers are some of our most important leaders.
We can’t always ask our students to take off the armor at home, or even on their way to school, because their emotional and physical safety may require self-protection. But what we can do, and what we are ethically called to do, is create a space in our schools and classrooms where all students can walk in and, for that day or hour, take off the crushing weight of their armor, hang it on a rack, and open their heart to truly being seen.
We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore the world and be who they are without suffocation. They deserve one place where they can rumble with vulnerability and their hearts can exhale. And what I know from the research is that we should never underestimate the benefit to a child of having a place to belong—even one—where they can take off their armor. It can and often does change the trajectory of their life.
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I hope that you are able to open this as it is a link that I had found on Pinterest a couple of nights ago. It really made me reflect on our culture here at Everett and our current atmosphere. I know that this is a stressful time of year, but I want to remind everyone of our purpose each and every day! We are here to teach students reading, writing, math and behavior! This is my biggest pride of Everett and the thing that I most often rave about, we truly do believe that we can teach students expectations and we can give them skills to turn their days around. We can teach them to be as successful as possible in a ridiculously positive manner!
So please think about your students who haven’t been meeting their goals. Or the students who are receiving office referral after office referral. How are we building them up with positive feedback? How are we doubling down on their positive feedback? How are we supporting them more than ever by showing them what they are doing right? Remember I like to say(I am not sure the original author), “What we water grows!” So are we watering the weeds right now or are we watering the flowers! We have a lot of school year left and I want our students to get the most that they can out of every last minute!
I know that we have talked a lot about the importance of building relationships with students. At the end of the year we need to be thinking about maintaining those relationships and also remaining in relationship with students when times are tough.
Here is an article that reiterates that importance of having positive relationships with students. Please read and remember that the end of the year is just as important as the beginning to create lasting bonds with students!