The Gift of Your Words: Share Your Story

TL;DR:

  • You have a gift of words to share by telling your stories. 
  • There are five reasons why writing is a passion: dive into deeper thought to better understand yourself, practice self-care, sharing is caring, create new connections or deepen existing relationships, and make an impact by amplifying your voice.
  • See the Writing Strategies & Marketing Your Work course overview below.

Take a moment. List all of the roles in your life. We all have experiences and expertise from our multitude of roles as a teacher, leader, coach, parent, spouse, sibling, child, colleague, teammate, friend, and many more. You have a story. Actually, you have many stories. That means you have a gift to share. It’s your gift of words through your stories.

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Student Empowered Conferences

TL;DR:

  • Students feel empowered as they share their goals, learning, and growth in all different areas of the curriculum.
  • You can include voice and choice in student-led conferences.
  • Being intentional about what you do before, during, and after conferences leads to finding success in the goals for the conferences.
  • A link to resources can be found below for a notice home, welcome note, agenda, reflection sheet, tagging sheets, and “two stars and a wish.”
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The Gift of Leadership

TL;DR:

  • There are five aspects to the gift of leadership. We need to see potential, believe in others, nurture the skill, teach leadership explicitly, and then we must provide opportunities to empower them to lead.
  • Leadership is a skill that needs to be developed. Just like all teachers are leaders, all students are leaders too.
  • Notice, name, and nurture. Show gratitude for leadership qualities seen in class.
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The Gift of Opportunity

TL;DR:

  • Opportunities are everywhere. It’s up to us to see them and take them. 
  • Know your WHY. Align opportunities with your core values and beliefs.
  • My WHY is all about relationships. There are opportunities everywhere—every interaction, every person, every place to build relationships. 
  • Model to students to see opportunities, and to take and create them to better themselves. There are many areas of opportunities to learn, for self-improvement, and growth in any area they desire for betterment. 
  • Change mindsets to turn negative situations into a gift of opportunity to make the most out of the situation.

Opportunities are presented to us each and every day but do we see them.

To see an opportunity we must be open to all thoughts.

Catherine pulsifer
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The Art of Relationships

TL;DR:

  • There are many ways to establish and maintain relationships. These tips were previously shared on a Daily Drop In on August 17, 2021.
  • Tips: (1) See relationships as GIFTS. (2) GREET warmly and by name daily. (3) Show GRATITUDE. (4) Be GENUINE. Be you. (5) GO beyond by doing small things for others like offering help. (6) Make an INVESTMENT of time and effort into relationships. (7) Have a genuine INTEREST to learn more about others. (8) Be INTENTIONAL with every interaction to uplift others.
  • Challenge: When someone is placed in your heart or mind, reach out to tell them you’re thinking of them. Uplift them.
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Educate Like Ants – Be Relentless

TL;DR:

  • Ants appear to roam anywhere and everywhere outside but when they come inside your home, their purpose becomes more evident.
  • Ants are strong and tenacious. Educators can learn by studying them and being more like them. They know their WHY. Do you? If you haven’t thought about your WHY in a while, it’s time to revisit and rediscover. It will guide your practice and remind you of your purpose and mission.
  • We need to be more like ants—RELENTLESS! We need to do what we can to support students wherever they are because that’s what they deserve.
  • Educate like ants with intense collaboration and teamwork. Reflect and work on being better so that you and your community can work harmoniously together just like ants.
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The Gift of Care

TL;DR:

  • The practice of choosing One Word can be more effective than making New Year’s resolutions. One student chose the word CARE and he demonstrated it every day.
  • Begin to see kind and caring gestures for you as gifts of care because it deepens your gratitude and relationships.
  • Give the gift of care for others by not only thinking of them but taking action and showing you care. When someone is on your heart or mind, it’s for a reason. Reach out and tell them or check on them.
  • The gift of caring for yourself has grown to be a most talked about thing and so important for our well-being. Learn a variety of different ways below.
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The Gift of Believing

TL;DR:

  • The imposter syndrome is real for many of us.
  • Give your gift of believing in others. You have the power to change lives.
  • When someone believes in you, this is such a gift to receive. While we should have the courage and not need others to believe in us first, the reality is that sometimes we don’t have enough courage UNTIL someone believes in us. It can be the spark that moves us along in our journey.
  • GIVE the gift of believing. Explicitly say, “I believe in you.” Students need to hear that their teacher believes in them. It’s in us to give. Tips on the gift of believing can be found below.

Believe in others until they believe in themselves. Then believe in them even more.

Livia Chan
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