In 2013-14, will you be a positive teacher?

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Today is a day of reflection on the past and the future so I would like you to take a moment to think of:

  • the teacher that influenced you the most;
  • the teacher that made learning exciting;
  • the teacher that cared about you and every student in the class; and
  • the teacher that you need to say “thank you” to.

For some of us, this is one person; for others, it may be several teachers. Now think of the qualities of that teacher.  No doubt one of the attributes will be common;  I think that common attribute is that the teacher  was a positive role model.  As we all prepare for the upcoming school year, take stock of your attitude– is it a positive one?

If you commit to being a positive educator, I encourage you to read and commit to The Positive Teacher Pledge.

The Positive Teacher Pledge

  • I pledge to be a positive teacher and positive influence on my fellow educators, students and school.
  • I promise to be positively contagious and share more smiles, laughter, encouragement and joy with those around me.
  • I vow to stay positive in the face of negativity.
  • When I am surrounded by pessimism I will choose optimism.
  • When I feel fear I will choose faith.
  • When I want to hate I will choose love.
  • When I want to be bitter I will choose to get better.
  • When I experience a challenge I will look for opportunity to learn and grow and help others grow.
  • When faced with adversity I will find strength.
  • When I experience a set-back I will be resilient.
  • When I meet failure I will fail forward and create a future success.
  • With vision, hope, and faith, I will never give up and will always find ways to make a difference.
  • I believe my best days are ahead of me, not behind me.
  • I believe I’m here for a reason and my purpose is greater than my challenges.
  • I believe that being positive not only makes me better, it makes my students better.
  • So today and every day I will be positive and strive to make a positive impact on my students, school and the world!

(reprinted from Jon Gordon)

Tip: To stay committed to this pledge, print it, sign it and post it where you can see it every day of 2013-2014.

Download, Print and Share The Positive Teacher Pledge Here.

Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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