This year, I got to attend the Cue Conference in Palm Springs!
What I’m sharing with you today are powerful messages that I believe all teachers need to hear and exude! Because what you do on a day to day basis matters! What you do every day can and does influence your students.
The kickoff keynote for the conference was Brad Montague! Brad and his brother-in-law, Robby, are the creators of Kid President! I love Kid President, so when I found out that Brad would be speaking, I didn’t want to miss it!
To begin with, Brad is probably one of the most humble people ever! He had such a powerful message but delivered it in a way that made me feel like he was speaking just to me! His talk gave me great inspiration to not only take in his message but to share it with you!
I don’t think this need to much explaining, but it was so refreshing for someone to give this message to educators! It seems so obvious yet not always as contagious as one would expect. At some schools, it seems, anger, frustration and negative talk are more contagious.
You have the power to counter these negatives with positives. You can help contaminate your school and classroom with joy, hope, and love!
Think of a student in your class, perhaps her head is always down, or he doesn’t believe in himself, or his home life is difficult. Whatever the case may be, I’m sure you can think of one student that needs to be contaminated! What if you contaminated that student with a daily dose of joy, hope and love? Would he or she come to school with a new or different attitude? Maybe not right away, but in time, you will make a difference.
- Talk positively to your students.
- Leave positive notes on their desks!
- Allow mistakes to happen… in fact, encourage mistakes!
I think that a lot of times we, as teachers, accidentally get caught up in the things that don’t matter so much… assessments, reading scores, student achievement.
We sometimes forget that they are just little kids that are full of wonder.
Things that matter to adults, hardly ever matter to kids.
I’d encourage you to stop for a little bit and see the world through their eyes, and you’ll begin to understand how to communicate better with your students.
Empathy goes a long way. It shows your students that you care. That they matter to YOU.
Don’t forget to make things fun for them! What if teachers saw the world with wonder? Would that be contagious?
This was probably my favorite message!
It goes hand in hand with the first message. But this gives people a mission!
You are being sent forth to create joy in others lives!
Would you agree that everyone has value? Yes!
Then you might also agree that everyone is worth celebrating! Everyone has a spark, and we can help it shine! Honestly, it doesn’t mean that you have to be happy all the time, but there are things that we could say or do for each other to lift each other up!
I walked away from Brad’s address knowing how important my job is. The opportunity to work with students shouldn’t be taken for granted! I want to be joy and love for them! I want to be their cheerleader. It was good for me to hear that I need to stop and wonder the way children do, and to be sent out to create a joy rebellion! I am a #joyrebel!
If you haven’t heard of Kid President…
I’ve included his most popular video. Enjoy!