Friday Focus!

August 29, 2015

Schools are not buildings, curriculums, and machines. Schools are relationships and interactions among people.

(Johnson & Johnson, 1989)

I hope everyone enjoyed a productive and enjoyable week of pre-planning activities. Although Tuesday September will be my 20th “Opening Day,” I never lose the nervous edge I felt on my very first day of school when I began my career as a Junior High Math teacher at Almadina.

As we begin a new school year Tuesday, I hope you share my sense of excitement, rejuvenation, and anticipation of what will be a tremendous year of growth for our students and our staff.

As I will suggest on countless occasions during the course of this year, our success as professional educators will depend to some extent on our specific skills and the breadth of our knowledge base. However, I firmly believe that our character and our human relations skills are even more vital to the ultimate success we experience with our students and our entire school community.

Every effective educator I have worked with in my career has excelled in the area of interpersonal skills. Although no list of such traits can be thoroughly exhaustive, I do hope that you will examine those offered below. Let’s focus on these human relations skills as we embark upon a noble journey: teaching young people who need and crave our guidance!

  • Be willing to admit when you’re wrong.
  • Be able to laugh (have a good sense of humor)
  • Take time to help others.
  • Remember how it felt to be a child.
  • Be able to resolve conflicts between people.
  • Enjoy working with people of all ages.
  • Truly care about others.
  • Realize that you can’t please everyone.
  • Be optimistic about people’s motives.

Thank you all for your remarkable efforts this week; thank you all for
the human relations skills you already possess and practice daily.
Let’s remember the importance of these as we progress through this year. I can’t wait to see you all in action next week! You hold the keys to success for our students; unlock their hearts and their minds. Have an outstanding week.

Happy Weekend

Jamal