Tip #5: Recognise wider achievements
Our students are engaged in a wide-range of activities that generally go beyond the scope of what we teach them in class.
We must learn to recognize the achievements of every student, whatever the achievement may be (yet another reason to gather Professional Intelligence).
I recently had a conversation with one of my students on the corridor one break-time. I don’t actually teach her, but I learned that she had recently been accepted onto a national symphony orchestra because her musical talent was so high.
I congratulated her on the corridor and the effect on her disposition was amazing. She was thrilled that news of her achievement was widely known in the school community, and she talked to me about her future plans to make a career out of her musical composition and performance.
I told her to “Go for it, all the way”.
That conversation may have acted as one more beacon of guiding light, urging her on to reach her goals and achieve her dreams.
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