This was all during the lovely speeches.
Can you guess what happened next? You got it. The teenager roaming around the room, looking out of place, was actually our Guest Speaker, Dr. Adolf Brown, www.docspeaks.com . If you get a moment, go to his site. Google him, watch some of his videos on youtube. It will be well worth your time.
He told us as he went around the room, that he was "assessing our character" Who you are when no one is looking. He told us of many people in the room who helped him, or spoke to him and so on. His point? He was dressed as a 'kid' who needed help! Just like any one of our students. He started out as one of those kids. Single mom, his older brother murdered, and in his own words, he was the "smelly" kid. It wasn't until the 3rd grade, that his teacher took the time to get to know him and make him feel successful. *By the way, she was there today as well, and she was the person to introduce him*
He continued to talk about BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS with our students. Get to know them! Watch how you speak to them; and understand that you may want to raise the bar when it comes to High Expectations, but remember to "level the playing field" for those who have less than others. EVERY student needs to go into your metaphorical "wheel barrow". There are students who are easy to teach, and will fit into your wheel barrow with ease. It's the ones that are not easy, that need US the most.
Finally, he motivated us to "Get out of the
Don't be a basement teacher. Don't be a basement person! Get on the Balcony! Be positive. Thank goodness, His 3rd grade teacher was on the Balcony and found a way to get through to him and gave him what he needed.
It's easier to complain, and whine, but I am determined to be "A Balcony" person/teacher this year. Thank you Dr. Brown for getting me inspired for this year!