1. The Diwali

    I remember the detail story from your previous post that the lady at the airport gave you a hug on the day you heard your Beloved Dad’s passing.

    It’s a common sense that the policy makers don’t get it or understand. I have done a little project on my own for the last five years on the Teacher’s Day/Thanksgiving about the gifts a receive from parents. Every year they change the gift from tweety rolls to Hershey kisses chocolate to Dunkin Donuts gift cards but the message along the gift is not: They don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. But the underneath message of that is how can we undo their hurt for they child already has doubt and hurt feeling about the world or lack of social and emotional learning from home and community.

    It bothers me when the presenters or school leaders open their remarks by restating the old saying or fact from pre-history’s common sense: brain matters, family matter. We know that by heart so let’s focus on school lunch matter and stable shelter matters.

    There is a book out there called From Inspiration to Impact.

  2. Probably the best TED talk I’ve ever seen. Linda’s belief in her students and her passionate conviction that they deserve so much more than they have been given is truly inspiring! It really does complement the message you share in your own talks, George: transformation is only possible with a positive relationship.

  3. The Diwali

    An Expression from An Inner Space
    By a Aerospace Engineering Student

    Many men long to explore outer space,
    But very few explore inner space.
    The human mind is a vast void,
    The void in serious need of exploration.

  4. Eliane Moniz-Baptista

    I just finished watching this inspiring TED talk yesterday, prior to reading your post. It was so moving and speaks to so much of what we often forget over the course of our busy days and all of our administrative obligations. It seems so simple, but it is incredible how many in the teaching profession lose sight of this. I let my students hug me, I am excited to see them everyday and they know that if they need me I always make time. I believe strongly that it is for this reason that they feel empowered when we work on concepts together, that they respect what I am trying to help them see and they listen when there is a need to deal with any consequences for behavior. Thank you for sharing this TED talk, I hope people take the time to watch it.

  5. Dianne LaFortune

    I remember reading the seminal piece of research on resiliency. The conclusion was a simple and powerful one – people can make a difference in a child’s life by believing in them and caring about them … and by holding them accountable for reaching their potential. A copy of that research hangs behind my desk. It is my “why” I teach. I hope to make a difference in one child’s life… to teach them that they matter and that they have something important to do in their life! Great TED Talk, and as always, George, too true!

  6. Innovation has recently become one of the most commonly used terms in our world of education. Within our board, we have a newly created Innovation portfolio, led by one of our Superintendents of Student Achievement. Last week, I retweeted this ISTE quote, “Leadership, not technology is the key to Innovation”. In reading your post, I’m reminded once again, that a culture needs to be created for both students and educators to feel safe to explore, to challenge and to be innovative. It is those relationships (you talk about love, but it could just as easily be respect or appreciation) which will set the stage for authentic innovation to occur. If someone knows that you believe in them, trust them and will support them no matter what, they will undoubtedly try new strategies, explore new technologies and look for unique ways to engage students. Linda Cliatt-Wayman effectively set the stage for change to occur in her school. What an inspiration!

  7. Susan Margaret

    We continue to hear people talk about how we have to care for our professional relationships with students and avoid physical contact with students. This is the most unnatural response in an environment rooted in relationship. There will always be monsters out there risking our children. We need only need read the discipline pages in our professional magazines to know this. However, we don’t want to create a tone in education where they are the ones teaching our children what relationship looks. Students learn when they feel safe, when they are cared about and they feel they matter. We cannot be afraid to express this through appropriate, caring physical interaction.

    • Susan Margaret

      I’m not only saying we have to hug our students, but to not be afraid to let them know we care about them, what they need to be successful and to respond to the environment in which they live. Then education is dynamic as it is moved by the people we are serving.

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