From one of my favorite educational blogs comes a post about Attitude. I’ve copied the list below for a daily reminder to myself. I anticipate an extra challenging year coming up and maybe these reminders will keep me focused.
Is there anything you do to stay positive that isn’t on Vicki’s list?
- My attitude will not depend upon whether other teachers do their job.
- My attitude will not depend upon whether administrators are doing their job.
- My attitude will not depend upon whether everything is fair around me – life isn’t fair. It never will be.
- I will influence MY attitude. My attitude will be positive and encouraging. I will make no excuses and will not perpetuate negativity.
- In my classroom, my attitude determines my student’s altitude and ultimately their aptitude for my subject. My attitude is important and I will protect it.
- If my attitude stinks, my students are not old enough to get rid of their depends. Because I love my students, I will do whatever it takes to keep and maintain my positive attitude even if it means distancing myself from colleagues.
- Nothing good comes out of a bad attitude – they stink.
- I will do what it takes to be a noble teacher – ANYWAY.
- I will surround myself with positive people, encouraging books, and avoid whiners.
- Even when truly tough things are happening, I will do my best to close my door and provide the most positive environment I can for my students. This only depends upon me and my attitude.
- I will work hard to stay rested and healthy so I have every chance of staying positive in tough times.
- I will encourage other educators to see the big picture instead of dwelling on the injustices that will happen.
- If I depend upon anything or anyone it will be my God, my family, and my closest friends and even then, I will know there are times and things I don’t understand that I have to leave at the front door of my school so I can teach.
- My smile depends upon nothing and I will give it freely as I will also give my love, energy, time, and knowledge.
- My students depend on me and I’ll never forget the honor and privilege I have to be given the opportunity to teach them.
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