1. Zoe Bettess

    I agree 100%. I make sure I greet all of my students with a good morning and smile as they enter into the room. I, also. say hi and smile to my colleagues as we pass in the hallway in the morning.

  2. Our students in elementary school line up outside in the morning and at our recess breaks. I’m not there to let them in after lunch, but in the morning, I tell each one of them, “Good morning” – and after recess, I say, “Good after-recess!” The first few times in the year, they look at me like I’m nuts (they’re grade sevens; they think all adults are nuts anyway!), but at this point, many of them say it back. One last year told me, “Good before-March-17th!”

    It really does make a difference – in our days and in our relationship in the classroom.

  3. Kyle

    One of the first books I ever read in educational leadership was “Leadership and the New Science” by Margaret Wheatley. This post reminded me of the concept (in my own vague memory) in that book that school culture is like a electromagnetic field surrounding a school. Each time you have a chance to interact with a student, parent, or staff member you can either make it stronger or weaker. Just that little smile (I prefer the high-five) can make that person’s day and make your school so much better.

    Another related quote on my office wall is “Today might be the day that a kid reminds you of 20 years from now – make it awesome!”

  4. Michael Riordon

    I agree whole heartedly about how important it is to greet people with a smile and show genuine interest in their story. It is a skill we are also trying to teach to our students, as many brush off the greeting as they go about their day.

  5. Rachael Bath

    George, again you have hit the proverbial nail on the head. The smile you give a student or colleague might just be the best part of their day. In addition to your wise words, I also believe taking the time to learn the names of these students and colleagues just increase theif feeling good of importance to you and building get that relationship.
    Thanks for your inspiration.

  6. Sometimes it can be difficult or at least tedious to be mindful enough to take the time from my very important junk to smile… but it makes a world of difference. I recently did a training at a school in Jackson, Mississippi. I have never felt so welcome anywhere else before. Nearly every person who saw me took the time to say, “Good morning!” They also treated one another, faculty and students, with similar courtesy. It was a part of their culture. I will always remember how good that felt!

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