1. Kim

    What about asking your students, co-workers, and those closest to you, “How can I be better for you?” Give them time to think about it. The answers you get may be powerful.

  2. Good question, George. It so happens that “better” is my word for 2019 and almost halfway through, I believe I am doing better this year than I was last year. There are plenty of illustrations. Just say that the commitment and conscious intention to do and be better seems to be working. I remember Maya Angelou’s quote, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” I also think of better when thinking of the three adjectives of comparison, the positive, comparative and superlative =- good, better and best. In fact, now, when people ask the proverbial, “How are you?” I often respond with “Better!” That stops them for a moment as they consider what it means. It has prompted several interesting conversations. Enough for now. Thanks for the post.

  3. Liane

    I love this quote from the students! Have you heard of Dr. Shefali Tsabary. Her book The Awakened Family is along these lines. Great book for all adults that work with children, and parents of course.

  4. Pam

    I think this aligns with Shawn Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage. Each of us does better when we recognize that happiness comes from the Greek definition which states, happiness is the joy we experience when striving for our potential. If education (and work places for that matter) can acknowledge the individuality of each student and provide them experiences and opportunities that will support them in reaching their potential, the result will be engaged and self-motivated individuals. I have worked in such a school and seen remarkable results!

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