What will you see today?
As you walk your halls, stand before your classes, greet at the door, navigate the cafeteria, coach, teach, correct and encourage- what will you encounter?
A student who is always late.
A student who is sick a lot.
A student who gets all A's and very little sleep.
A student who cannot seem to stay in dress code.
A student with a scholarship.
A student who cannot afford a meal.
A rebel. A conformist. A wallflower.
A teacher who is struggling.
A teacher who is thriving.
Someone "walking on water."
Someone trying to keep their head above water.
Someone in over their head.
What do you see in these situations? You may envision specific people. You WILL form opinions based on your perceptions- that you cannot control. Whether you embrace your perceptions or not...that you can control. Perception is reality- how you see the world is how it is real to you.
Do you see...
A discipline problem...or an opportunity?
A lost cause...or a need for someone to care?
A superstar...or someone putting on a good show?
A genius...who still needs to be told they are doing well.
Your perception is your reality. But it also can become the reality we empart on our students and fellow educators. Be careful. What perceptions do you need to act on today? What perceptions do you need to re-evaluate?
If we see a discipline problem walking down the hall- are we going to expect the worst? Then we will get it. Instead, see opportunity.
If we see a dress code violation- are we going to call them out with judgment? Then we will alienate and entrench them. Instead, see a chance for kindness and compassion.
Your perception is your reality-- but it does not have to be theirs.