Friday, August 26, 2011

Relationships in the School

In an Aug. 22 keynote address to more than 2,000 educators from across the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Todd Whitaker (professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University and author of the best-selling, “What Great Teachers do Differently.”) talked about what makes great teachers – and people – different from others. He challenged  educators to consider a number of issues, how to to treat everyone as if they were good — even the so-called “crummy” kids, teachers or parents.  His speech makes you consider how approachable you are for your students, colleagues, even the admin. It also makes you consider other in the school, and why they are the way they are.  The principal who says my door is always open, but he/she has their door closed because they have so much work to do.  The teacher who say to the kids after a lecture - come ask me questions if you don't understand, but then they sit behind their desk looking busy, so kids feel they can't come up.  
This speech is thought provocative, innovative, humorous, and best of all, it makes you consider your actions, not just the actions of others..  "There is nothing wrong with being afraid, there is only something wrong with being not afraid"  There is a difference in action.  Enjoy and thanks to George P. Matysek Jr. at 

Todd Whitaker addresses Convocation of Catholic Schools by George Matysek

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