May there be peace within [your classroom]

Photo by World Bank Photo Collection on flickr

Photo by World Bank Photo Collection on flickr

The first day of the school year is quickly approaching and my experience with school has been that the environment you establish at the beginning of the year, good or bad, is most likely to carry through during the rest of the year. With this in mind, I ask you to reflect on the following quote from Mother Theresa.

“May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”

In this age of intense negative scrutiny of public education, accountability, progress monitoring, infinite assessment, shrinking budgets/salaries/jobs, don’t forget that we are still blessed to be working with children. Foremost, these little human beings need love, laughter, patience, kindness, and understanding.

May today there be peace within. Today is the only day you truly control. Be there in mind and body for your students, their families, and your colleagues.

May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. Don’t forget why you chose to be an educator and work with children and young adults.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. Don’t ever give up on yourself, your colleagues, and your students. As you hold them up in word and actions, they will do the same for you.

May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. You know where your strengths are as a teacher. Play to those strengths and allow them to fully benefit your students.

May you be content with yourself just the way you are. In your own eyes you will never be perfect, but you are faultless in the eyes of your students.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. Feel confident and strong in who you are, and use that audacity to make a lasting memory. Kids don’t remember the day they learned long division, but they do remember the day their teacher cried when reading Where the Red Fern Grows.

It is there for each and every one of us. We all have a purpose and we all have a chance to make a difference every day.

5 thoughts on “May there be peace within [your classroom]

  1. Ha. OK. I have to laugh. Were you in my room? I cry EVERY year I have read Where the Red Fern Grows. Each year I tell myself, “I’m not going to cry” and then I do – worse than the year before. It’s an awesome book. I won’t get to read it this year – first year as a new principal!

  2. PJ–It is impossible to not cry reading that book–when each dog passes and also as the family leaves the farm. I so thank my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Stofferahn, for reading that book to me. It became my favorite book and also sparked me to realize how great it would be to become a teacher. Good luck with your first year as principal. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

  3. Great post!!! Love to follow you on twitter. As a first year principal, I’m looking for so many things to inspire my staff. This inspires me! Love it! I’m stealing it…. Hope you don’t mind! I’ll give you credit, of course! 🙂

  4. Kim–Thanks so much for the comment and the compliment. I’d forgotten about this post and am glad that you have reminded me of it. Best of luck in your first year as a principal!! Please pass on Saint Teresa’s words to all who need it. CR

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