Beliefs to ACTION Blog Hop: What Drives Me!

Beliefs to Action: A reflection on core education beliefs about relationship, parents, collaboration, failure, and technology.
Do you ever have one of those days? You know, the day in which you meet someone and you know you are made better because of it? The interaction or discussion leaves you changed and made better as a woman, teacher, or human being? Yea.  I know someone like that.  Her name is Whitney Alexanderson! She blogs over at With Love From Texas.  Y'all, seriously...she is not just ANOTHER teacher blogger.  She is the REAL deal.  I happen to be blessed to work with her day in and day out in fourth grade.  She is the cheerleader for our fourth grade team, and the students are changed by their time in her classroom! She inspires me big time! I hope you will follow her, she has A LOT to share!
When Whitney explained this opportunity for reflection to me, I was excited to participate and use it as a great way to dig deep on what I truly believe and energize myself before another fun and busy-filled year begins.  When crafting my beliefs I unpacked thoughts upon my experiences in education.  I call myself a hybird.  I have been a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher as well as an elementary assistant principal for six years! So the hybrid in me sees many situation from the admin and teacher perspective.  Here is what I came up with as my SEVEN Education Core Beliefs.
Many of me core beliefs stand on their own, but there are a few I would like to share more about! 

No significant learning happens without a significant relationship! 
Relationships are KEY! I'm going to be brutally honest here, if you are in education and you don't care about building a relationship with students or parents, you are in the wrong place.  Kiddos flourish in places they feel safe and valued.  

Parents give us the best they have, and he/she walks through our door EVERY morning.
Don't miss this one, friends! It is easy to become frustrated by the little things in our teacher world each and every day.  Remember that these kiddos are the blessings from the LORD to a family.  Who knows the background on each child and family? Odds are, you probably don't! The family could have struggled with infertility for years and then THIS miracle happened! THIS precious miracle walks through your door every day! Open your eyes and hearts to the untold stories behind the kiddos in your class or school! 

TOGETHER, we are better!
It's not about the ONE, it's about the MANY.  Two heads are better than one.  There is no "I" in TEAM. Need I say more?

Failure is the best teacher.
This one is hard, especially for parents! Understanding that when we fail, we ARE learning! It's all part of the process! 

Last, but certainly not least is a quote from  George Couros, get over to his blog RIGHT THIS MINUTE! Great stuff!! Technology will not replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational! 

Thank you so much to Whitney for this awesome experience! It is now time for me to send you on your way to the next blog in this fabulous blog hop! another sweet friend of mine: 

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  1. Hi Whitney!! I enjoyed reading your beliefs above and I loved HARD WORK BEATS TALENT WHEN TALENT DON'T WORK HARD. So true and so incredibly important to instill perseverence in our students. I teacher middle school and this is not an easy feat. I always say be the turtle, not the rabbit. It's not a long race to success. It's a lot of little races one after the other.

    Thank you for sharing your beliefs with us all.

  2. Love all of these, Whitney!! But especially the one about Failure. We all have been there and our kids will too. Such a great reminder that if we see failure as a teacher, then that is where the learning begins! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Your post made my heart smile. Thank you for your kind words, sweet friend!! I agree with Stephanie-- my favorite belief is "hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." Resiliency is such an important value that we need to instill in our kiddos, especially in this instant gratification world we live in today!

  4. Your beliefs are fabulous! I love how you mentioned team work. Through our line of work, there is nothing better than being able to collaborate with all other teachers for new ideas! Every teacher has a different way to teach something and it's always great to share new ideas with each other for our kiddos!

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  5. TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER! I am the luckiest of all. I work with both Whitneys....

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