One of my all time favorites: ‘Somewhere over the rainbow, dreams really do come true’. Not only do I love the Wizard of Oz, but I absolutely love this song. There are many different versions of it but I must say, my favorite version is by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole (Click on the link and it will bring you to Youtube to listen to the official version). I have always loved this song and began to love it even more so when I was pregnant with my first. I used to listen to it all the time – I find that it brings me much peace. The song itself is peaceful, along with its beautiful, meaningful words. It’s a song that can not only be sung to children of your own as it carries such great meaning, but also to your students because at the end of the day, no matter how big or small, we all have dreams and it’s nice to hear that dreams really do come true 🙂
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True: We are what we imagine ourselves to be’. That’s all there is to it. Whether we imagine ourselves to be a pilot, doctor, veterinarian, teacher, electrician, engineer, painter, care taker, accountant, etc. – it is our imagination that will push us to strive, that will motivate us to work hard, and will encourage us to keep going. Our imagination can take us anywhere and everywhere. It’s up to us to allow it to!
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An essential lesson to teach your students and your very own children : Make every day your Masterpiece. I can not express enough just how important I believe encouragement is… and not just sometimes, but ALL the time. I believe that it guides our students, motivates our students and gives them what they need to keep their heads up high, to keep on trying and with that, to try their best! For some student’s, or all students at some point or another, trying their best is only necessary or relevant during examination, during final projects and/or even during presentations. We need to continuously remind them to try their best each and every day. As John Wooden has stated: ‘Make every day YOUR masterpiece’.
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Your friend’s here at Teaching Rocks would like to wish each of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day! This day is filled with love, candy, sweets and fun! Between School dances and classroom fun, your students will have a blast! As a quick and neat activity, have them get on www.tagxedo.com where you can create tons of cool posters just like the one we created for you down below! Create one for Valentine’s Day – they can make one for their friends, family, etc. A different way to say ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’!
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A great quote to share with you this week from Albert Einstein: ‘What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right’. Many of our students, including us adults, can surely connect to this quote. We try to teach our students and continue to remind ourselves that we need to think about what is right for us, what is right for others and plain and simple, what is right in that particular moment and that specific situation. However, it is so easy to fall back and steer in other directions, as we tend to consider what others would do and whether it is different from what we would do. More often then not, we do things because that is what others want us to do, or would do themselves. For our young students, for example, although they know and have been taught that letting a teacher or an adult know if or when someone is being hurt or bullied or disrepected is the right thing to do, they also know (and more importantly) that this may not be deemed the ‘right’ thing to do by their friends. This is just one of many examples. We have a lot of students gearing away from doing the right thing because it is not seen as the ‘right’ thing to do by their peers. We have to focus in on this closely and continue to model for our students that the right thing to do is always what we, ourselves, feel is right and not what we think others may think is right or what others will think if we choose the right thing to do. We need to remind our students that what is popular is what they feel is right! Share this with your students, invite discussion and encourage self reflection!
The new year brings about the opportunity for our students to make new goals. Perhaps they would like to try something new, improve their grades, or simply better themselves. I’ve heard many of my students say, “But I’m just not good at it” when they are faced with a new experience or challenge. It is vital that our students understand that anything is possible and they can achieve their goals…through a little work and perseverance.
Have you helped your students set goals for themselves? If you are unsure where to start, we have provided a lesson, rationale, and student goal setting worksheets in one of our TeachHUB.com articles. This worksheet allows students to break up a larger goal into smaller and more manageable tasks.
But sometimes, the process of reaching the goal is not the problem. The main thing that may be hampering student success is their attitude—if they don’t believe that they can be successful, then they will not be successful. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. So many of our students psych themselves out before even trying anything because they don’t have the self-confidence to believe that they can do it. It is critical that we help our students believe in themselves so that they can dream and achieve their goals.
Here’s one of our favourite poem written by the one and only Shel Silverstein. It’s simple, beautiful, and so true.
As always, click on the image for the FREE printable poster.
Don’t forget to visit us next Wednesday for another FREE classroom poster!