Slice of Life Day 17: The power of words

For the past two years, as Principal of a school of children that numbers 650+, I’ve made it my personal goal to write a handwritten note to each of the students as least once during the school year.  It helps me to connect to each of them personally and lets them know that I recognize something important that they’ve done.

I also try to write notes or e-mails to my staff when they do something that is above and beyond. If not, I try to be sure to tell them in person.  In these stressful times, I find that most of us don’t get enough appreciation for all the stress we are under.

Recently, Barnes and Noble had an essay contest for students entitled, “My Favorite Teacher.” The prizes were impressive and I thought that this was a good way for our students to put their writing talents to good use.  It was, of course, optional.  The deadline for the contest was yesterday and the entries came pouring in. I was so thrilled that many students has opted to take their own personal time to honor a favorite teacher.  Better yet, what a wonderful Friday gift for the teachers who were honored in the essays.  That type of genuine passion and admiration from an authentic writer can’t be underestimated.  These types of gifts don’t cost any money and yet, words of appreciation are indeed some of the richest and most generous gifts one can receive.

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3 Comments

  1. Diana Martin said,

    March 20, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Notes written by hand do have special meaning, even more than an email although emails are nice too. I always keep the notes and cards I get from teachers. And you’re right, at a time of stress, a sincere note can make all the difference.

  2. Cathy said,

    March 20, 2011 at 1:10 am

    LOVE this! Thanks for speaking words of life to your students and faculty.

    As a teacher, to have our administration realize everything that we do and to say thanks would mean the world to our school right now.

    What a great example you set!

  3. Linda Baie said,

    March 20, 2011 at 3:36 am

    What a lovely thing you do for those in your care, & to take that time is so admirable for one who must be so, so busy with the myriad of tasks you do. I loved that you encouraged the students to give their own gift to their teachers. Thank you for sharing what you do.


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