Johannes Brahms, one of the greatest composers in history, had a life filled with determination, perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. His story is a testament to the power of passion and the ability to overcome adversity in the pursuit of one’s dreams. Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1833, …Read More »
E.V. Hill and Jesus
Edward Victor Hill Sr. was an American pastor. He was senior pastor at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California from 1961 until his death in 2019. Under his leadership, the church became one of the largest African-American congregations in the United States. Pastor E.V. Hill used …Read More »
Ronald Reagan’s Lost Letter
Ronald Reagan’s lost private letter, written while President to his dying atheist father-in-law, was found and published in the Washington Post. There could be no better words penned to a dying doctor about discovering hope and salvation. A great inspiring read if you have 4 minutes. Aug. 7, 1982 Dear …Read More »
Cops & Teachers
These are actual comments made on students’ report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system. All teachers were reprimanded (but, boy, are these funny!) 1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig. 2. I would not allow this student to breed. 3. Your …Read More »
A Teacher’s Survival Kit for Everyday Living
Reminds us to look for the good qualities in our students.
You may be the only teacher who says something positive to them that day.
Reminds the teacher that they have to be flexible.
Things don't always go the way we plan,
But flexibility will help to work it out.
Reminds the teacher that sometimes we do more than teach,
That we help heal hurt feelings, broken dreams,
And lend an ear to a problem.
Reminds us to be thankful and we should list our blessings daily,
But also encourage our students to list their blessings
What Teachers Make
He says the problem with teachers is, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?" He reminds the other dinner guests that it's true what they say about teachers:
Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.
I decide to bite my tongue instead of his and resist the temptation to remind the other dinner guests that it's also true what they say about lawyers.
Because we're eating, after all, and this is polite company.
"I mean, you're a teacher, Taylor," he says. "Be honest. What do you make?"Read More »
Dale Carnegie’s “Golden Book”
Taken from "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale CarnegieRead More »
The Empty Hand
-- Author Unknown
Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment -- to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful.
Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student's art. And they were.
Things To Think About
-- By Brian Dyson
In a university commencement address several years ago, Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises, spoke of the relation of work to one's other commitments:
Tales of a Teacher: Terraces
-- by James A. Plambeck, Copyright 1995
A teacher was walking with his students . . .
A bit further along, the road turned to the right around a hill and a steep valley opened before them. The hillside above them was barren and rocky, but across the valley terraces had been built with rocks to hold the earth. A vineyard had been planted on the terraces, and they could see the green color of the vines and even the purple of ripening grapes. He looked across the valley, then sat down on a stone at the edge of the road and taught them.