Mind Shift

Our district decided to replace all the network printers in the district over the past two weeks.  This doesn’t sound like a problem, but none of the printers have worked for TWO WEEKS.  Teachers and students were panicking the first few days.  How were teachers to print items we needed for class?  How were students supposed to print homework to turn in?  It was chaos run amok at our school.  But, by the end of the first week, it was no big deal.  Both teachers and students came up with different ways to work around the issue.  This week, NO ONE has even mentioned a printer.

Often times teachers get bogged down in the little details and miss the big picture — is not being able to print the end of the world?  No, not really.  Is it a huge inconvenience?  Yes.  Is is something that can be overcome?  Yes.   All it takes is a shift in the way we view things.  Can’t print, share a Google Doc.  Can’t print at school, plan ahead and print from home.  No printer at home, visit the public library.  There’s always a solution, it just takes a shift in your thinking — a mind shift.

I use the following quote with students and teachers all the time —

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being

excited of what could go right.” — Tony Robbins

In other words, look at the possibilities, not failures.  Focus on the positives over negatives.  Embrace growth.

At the end of the school year, it is hard to look forward.  There is too much to do, to many after school activities, too many emails, too many everything.  Students and teachers both are in survival mode, just trying to get done all that needs to be done.

This week in class we reflected on the year.  Many were worried about next year, so they looked up quotes to motivate each other to think positively about the challenges of their sophomore year in high school.  I’ve listed some they came up with below.

I never lose… I either win or I learn.

All things are difficult before they are easy.

It’s not about being the best, it’s about being better than you were yesterday.

It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it.

Your speed doesn’t matter.  Forward is forward.

I loved that my students wanted to support each other.  Teachers need to be more supportive of each other too.  We are all tired at this time of year, so a smile, a kind word, an anonymous note, the offer to cover a few minutes of class, any little thing that can help out a fellow teacher.  Anything that can shift the mindset of your teaching partners to embrace the fun and not the frustration of the end of the school year.

How have you supported the teachers and students in your building this week?

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