We've all been there, we hear so many comments, suggestions and opinions on a continual basis. The majority of comments are usually positive ones, but we also hear the negative nellies. Human nature is that one negative will outweigh nine positive comments...I wish it wasn't this way. So after a pep talk and some fresh air, I have "re"-focused on the positives.
This "re"-focus reminded me of a random encounter from earlier this year. I was in town and bumped into a former student. This actually happens pretty often...but this time it was different, I didn't immediately recognize her, but she recognized me. As I approached her she said, "Mr. Gilpin?" I said, "Is that Sam?" She got the biggest grin on her face! We chatted for a moment and then she said, "I gotta tell you that you changed my life in 5th grade." She then shared her painful memories. Sam talked about how she was teased. Sam had low self-esteem and believed she was ugly throughout elementary school. She then said, "Do you remember what you said to me?" At that very moment I didn't remember. Sam said, "Mr. Gilpin, I was in tears and I felt ugly. No one liked me. You met with me and told me I was a beautiful girl and that some day I was going to be a model!" (Side note: Sam's dream in 5th grade was to be either a singer or model when she grew up.)
Sam then told me that she never forgot those words and that she just received an offer from a modeling company. She starts in June of '14! The smile on Sam's face was all I needed. Sam told me thank you for believing in her and for always caring.
I told Sam I was proud of her! Sam didn't know this but she picked me up. Just like Susan picked me up. These are the moments that we need to focus on. The naysayers won't ever go away, but we can choose who we listen to.
Sam is a true success story. She got beaten down by naysayers and negative nellies. Sam "re"-focused on the positive and it pushed her to go after her dream. Each day we can make a difference.
Will you choose to be the positive voice people hear?
NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, December 2nd: Tech Meeting 1:1 at 1pm
Tuesday, December 3rd: Crisis Response Meeting at 1:15pm
Wednesday, December 4th: K-2 Assembly at 8:45
Wednesday, December 4th: EdTech PD at Bean Elementary 3:30-4:30 (Video Story Problems)
Articles Worth Reading:
You Got Students Blogging Now How To Get Comments +Pernille Ripp @pernilleripp
How To Help Your Students Embrace Failure Through Game-Based Learning +TeachThought @TeachThought
Praise or Reflective Questioning? +Joan Young @flourishingkids
5 Rules To Simplify Your Life @ajjuliani
Common Core Math Word Clouds shared by +Sue Haney @susankhaney
The Week of Two Drew's +Suzanne Gibbs @Suz_Gibbs
Power of the Lurker shared by +Dan Spencer @runfardvs
Why Do You Blog? A Student's Perspective +Eric Sheninger @NMHS_Principal
A Thankful Heart at School +Jennifer Hogan @Jennifer_Hogan
10 Ways To Get Books For Your Classroom #nerdybookclub @GigiMcAreads
Teachers: 5 Reasons Why I Think YOU Should Join Twitter @daydreamreader
10 Biggest EdTech Trends (with infographic) @JeffRahman
Top 10 iPad Tips For Teachers @edudemic
50 Happiness Quotes To Change The Way You Think +Marc Chernoff @marcandangel
Videos Worth Watching:
Check this out! Thanks for the share Sue. (4 min)
I grew up watching the Fresh Prince! This is a classic performance...gets really good after the first 2 minutes. (6 min)
Priceless video! A Father's Joy in his son's report card. I wish all parents and adults got this excited about student successes. (2 min)
Brotherly Love! (11 min)