Sometimes, hearing that they can make different choices is an eye-opener that motivates students to keep working to better themselves.
“Good morning! Have a great day today!”
Students, parents and fellow teachers are accustomed to hearing my greeting in hallways and my classroom.
I do my best to be honest and genuine with families, students and colleagues. Being realistic is a necessity for me. I have spent over 20 years teaching at a Title 1 school where students often face challenges that almost always are out of their control.
As teachers, we must acknowledge the toll these hardships take on our students before we can lift their sights from a negative to a positive outlook.