I learned to be empathic and to think about the impact of my behavior on others because of some of my less-than-positive experiences. I learned to look into the eyes of others when I was speaking to them to see what kind of reaction I was causing.
I've come to learn even more these days that our greatest successes, achievements, and desires flow smoothly when we put the comfort and happiness of those around us ahead of our own wants and desires.
All we really have is the present moment -- where you are right now and with whom you are with. Give yourself time to think and reflect. Live purposefully. Be in the now and take it all in. Be brave. Have gratitude for what you have. Accept reality. It is all we have.
To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society.
I remember Miss Marshall very well. She was my third grade teacher at Cloverdale Elementary School in Dothan, Alabama in about 1964. I remember the first time that I saw The Wizard of Oz that I thought she looked just like Almira Gulch.
For millions of women and girls around the world, menstruation can lead not only to cramps, bloating, and mood swings, but it also can lead to days of missed school and lower future economic earnings.
In the world of education, teachers are familiar with the rare, unplanned moment where a learning opportunity presents itself to their students.
I loved my first grade teacher. Her first name was Dorothy, the same as my grandmother's. She was interesting and seemed to devote a lot of time to me... and I loved her... until she sent home the note.
If you ask almost anyone involved in the conservation movement for the main reason why they fight to save endangered wildlife, they will often mention their children or the need to save threatened species for future generations.
As a society, I wish we would do more to celebrate the boring stuff. The boring stuff is important. Math is important. History is important. English is important.
What do you say after an election night like November 4? We lost. As a matter of fact, some have called it "a bloodbath." We are educators though. We must take a stand. We must talk to our communities and business partners about what is right for our schools.
Dear Teacher: You called after me today. I was frustrated. Angry. Tired and lonely. And I didn't want to hear someone tell me for the bazillionth time all that I had done wrong. Tell me how I had been a bully. A bad boy. The truth is: I know. I know I am a bully. I have a hard time making friends because I'm different. But you took the time.
It hasn't been hard just because I'm from out of state, or that school itself is really challenging, but I also don't have a guiding hand to give me advice like I did in high school.
So we've made it to half term! We've had no tears or major tantrums and the boy seems to be enjoying himself. He is however getting tired and I fear the novelty may be wearing off. He keeps asking, "Where am I going today?" When I answer "School darling", he looks forlorn and exclaims "What again? I have been to school a lot you know."
Do I have a life? BEEP BEEP - oh hang on sorry I just got a text, maybe it's someone asking if I want to go out for a drink. Oh no... it's just school AGAIN - apparently they are having cottage pie today instead of the planned menu option in order to celebrate British potato day. Like I give a f*ck!
The Dignity Act is a different kind of anti-bullying law.