"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Learning Link, 10

Getting started with plans for the school year?

How about this idea, from the classroom wall of a great teacher I know?

She kept a list on the wall of words & phrases to let people know they're doing a great job.

I tried this last year, changing the focus a bit. It worked well for me.

Here's my working list for this year:

Things I want to think about, every day:
Dignity. Calmness. Centered. Kindness. Listening. Energy.
Autonomy. Mastery. Meaning. Play. Story. Design. Empathy. Symphony. Purpose.

That second line, in case you didn't recognize it, is from Daniel Pink's book, A Whole New Mind. (If you haven't read it...well, let's just say it can deepen awareness of what the fundamental abilities are for success...)

How about you? Any words you find important to remind yourself about, each day?

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