WLE "Kids Deserve It!" discussion

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June 25th, Chapters 10-14, pages 79-102

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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Schafer | 15 comments Mod
1) How have you impacted students or colleagues with your words and actions?

2) How do you protect yourself from getting sucked into someone else's negative message?

3) In what ways have you shown love or resilience in the midst of anger or hurt?

4) Why is it difficult to release and "put the bat in their hands?"

5) How have you first hand felt the power of being noticed? How did it change you?


message 2: by Linda (new)

Linda Davis | 9 comments I avoid negative people and their messages. If I hear a negative conversation and cannot think of an honest positive statement to insert in the conversation, I excuse myself and leave.
Once in a blue moon by a parent, sometimes the one least suspected of doing such a thing, I have felt the power of being noticed. Once a parent did a big thing, but a few times parents have said just the fewest perfect words. Sometimes a peer notices and if that happens, I never forget it.
Happy Tuesday!


message 3: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Shissler | 8 comments 2) How do you protect yourself from getting sucked into someone else's negative message?

Oh, this is a tricky question, one that has such an easy answer such as "don't entertain and add to the negativity". But often, in our flesh, it can be a slippery slope to join in or add to it. This takes such a conscious effort to be aware of someone else's negative message and if I'm going to join the band wagon or not. My problems/complaints might not be someone else's. If we choose to voice our complaints, then we've got to bring along side possible solutions. (Talking to myself, of course!) "Complaining kills the mood, it drags others down, and most of all it pushes others away. "

What if we focused on what we CAN control? What if we spent more time building up than tearing down? What if we sought out solutions instead of complaining?

Our upcoming year will bring on some new challenges. We are going to all start our day earlier, kids in our room earlier, possible expectant tardies, and of course unexpected challenges that we won't yet know ahead of time. How are we together going to face them. Well, after reading this, we are encouraged to prepare for solutions and send a message that is "positive, student-centered and full of growth, learning and awesomeness."

Blessed Tuesday my friends!!


message 4: by Wendy (new)

Wendy | 2 comments 2)I loved this section of the book! I know that sometimes it is so hard to be positive, but I am a true believer that positivity brings about positive changes. I think people need to be able to be heard and voice their concerns but it is crucial as peers to direct people towards solutions. Hanging out in a negative thought process will not promote change or improvement of any situation. Also, our students can easily pick up on this negativity and it can be contagious. Teaching students to be more positive is a invaluable life skill!!!
BTW, I am loving this book!!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summers!!
Wendy G.


message 5: by Katrin (new)

Katrin | 6 comments 1) I loved Chapter 10, Everyone Needs a Cheerleader. I think that this is one of the most important lessons I have learned as a teacher. Throughout my years of teaching, there have been students that had no one that believed in them, therefore, they didn't believe in themselves. Telling students they can do it, and not giving up on them will directly impact their lives. I get letters from students who are in high school or beyond still to this day that say things like you're my favorite teacher, thank you for helping and believing in me, or without you I never would have graduated high school. Those words mean so much to me. Sometimes I didn't even realize in that moment the impact I was making. But those words again show the importance of encouraging students even when they are struggling with something and telling them that even if it is hard, they can still do it. I think by doing that, when they are long gone from your classroom, they will hopefully still remember your message and encouragement.
2) "What if we focused on what we could control? What if we looked for solutions instead of complaining about what's wrong?" Those are important questions to think about to prevent yourself from getting sucked into someone else's negative message and that might help that person turn their message into something positive.
3) I think sometimes it's difficult to "put the bat in their hands" because it might be new to us as educators or it is changing the norm of the classroom to a place where more risks are being taken, which can sometimes lead to failures. I do think it is important to not limit students because "we need to see what they can do instead of assuming what they can't." Students often times will prove their doubters wrong when given the opportunity to shine.


message 6: by Dina (new)

Dina | 7 comments This section of the book spoke loudly in so many ways. I wanted to reiterate something Wendy posted earlier:

I agree with her that positivity can bring about positive changes. We saw that this year as we worked "united" to bring our school grade up. And, we did it!

I also agree that people should be able to voice their concerns. These concerns then should be directed towards what might be the solutions. Living in a "negative" party will never allow us to see and experience positive changes. On page 86, the author talks about surrounding ourselves with the "right people." We need to find those people that will remind us to look for the solutions when we choose to look at problems.

The other point I wanted to reflect upon was that of being a cheerleader for our students. Chapter 10 spoke clearly about the need to be a "champion" for students. We must continue to believe in them, encourage them, and love them! We also need to encourage those around us as well. I know I am Blessed to work with amazing people who will never give up on a student, and I am forever grateful for that!


message 7: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 6 comments I’ve had this book (believe) on my table all summer. I flip through it and read wonderful quotes from it to help uplift me and remind me to be positive and to believe in what I am doing. In this text, Charlotte Lunsford said, “We won’t always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What’s important is that you do care and you act.” Our actions are extremely important, and I think that is what the authors of Kids Deserve It! (Tom and Adam) are trying to say whether it is through being a cheerleader, having a positive message, being a proponent of good rather than being a bully, trying new things and giving those around us a chance. It’s not easy to have a positive outlook every minute of the day, but I plan on making this my goal and surrounding myself with those who are positive, also.


message 8: by Alexandria (new)

Alexandria Walker | 8 comments #2 - I protect myself from other’s negativity by staying in my little classroom “home” and avoiding possible negative situations - that goes for my personal grumpy days too! I also find it helpful to have a friend/colleague to lean on when “times get tough!” Having a person to vent to can make a world of a difference for the remainder of the day! Sometimes we just need to get out and move on! Focusing on the good in situations - the little wins - will make a whirl wind of a difference!

#5 - Being recognized as “Teacher of the Year” for WLE truly made me feel noticed! It was a very trying year - in my professional career - and to have fellow friends/colleagues genuinely recognize all my hard work... was humbling and absolutely amazing! It gave me a boost of confidence to do more, avoid complacency, and continue to strive for student successes! It helped me step out of my comfort zone and take risks to better myself as an educator and promote student success!


message 9: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 9 comments 1) A few years ago we had a student in 5th grade that looked like a loner. She was shy, and I felt maybe she didn't have a lot of friends. At Morning Duty I made a point to say hello to her, speaking her name, every single morning. Sometimes asking how was she doing. She began to shine in art. I was seeing artistic talent. At the end of the year, the teacher had each student write a letter to a specialist and I received a letter from her. She wrote that she appreciated that I noticed her every morning and greeted her with a hello. The letter made me cry. It was so sweet and I was thankful that I acted on my instinct. Her talent continued to show in Middle school when she had my husband as her art teacher.


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