Decorate with Diligence

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Spring time gives us that nesting instinct…to clean, to renew, to prettify. Makes us want to redecorate our offices. Tidy them up a bit. Make these offices look a bit more attractive. Hmm…maybe we should decorate our lives too? 🙂

The SMSU teacher candidates are getting ready for one of their optimal field experiences—elementary clinical. They will be taking charge of an elementary school, and they have been working hard in preparation to garnish their classrooms with engaging lessons and splendid decorations. They want to make their classrooms and their lessons be attractive, enhanced, embellished. So proud of them!!

According to dictionary.com, the definition of decorate is to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming, embellish. Perfect for our teacher candidates who want their classrooms and their lessons to be charming. As much diligence that our teacher candidates have put into this 2-day theme based clinical, it makes us wonder that maybe it is just as important to put in that time, hard work, and effort into our lives.

How can we redecorate, tidy up, renew, or embellish our lives to make them be a tad more attractive? Patsy Clairmont, author of Twirl: A Fresh Spin at Life shares a few ideas on how to do just that…

Sidle up to joy: Move side-by-side to those people who bring you joy, and to those activities that bring you joy. Teaching…now that brings us joy. Kiddos in classrooms…yes, that brings us joy! We are 100% positive our teacher candidates would agree.

Give away something you value: Give me a T—T, give me an I—I, give me an M—M, give me an E—E. What’s that spell?? TIME. Children spell love T.I.M.E. We all value it…now give some away. Give up your time for those you care about.

Volunteer your services: When we volunteer, we think we are blessing others. Reality check is, we are doubly blessed by others!

Use your gifts: Are you great at knitting? (Stina!) Are you great at card making? (Sharon!) Whatever your talents are, use them to the advantage of others. Knit a baby cap for a friend. Make a card for the hurting.

Unpack your gratitude: Be thankful in all circumstances. We can’t control much in our lives, however, we can control our attitude of gratitude. Say thank you often!

Visit a senior: We all get lonely at times. Go visit the elderly. Take them to coffee or lunch. Age waits for no one, and we are all heading in their direction.

Compliment a stranger: Mark Twain once said “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” So, pay it forward, people. You compliment a stranger and guaranteed…that stranger will compliment someone else.

Teacher candidates: decorate your lives with the suggestions above, but most importantly, prettify (love that new word) the lives of those children you will be teaching in the next few days. Not only adorn that classroom with your awesome decorations, but also embellish it with joy! Bless the children with your undivided time and attention. Use your teaching gifts that you have been blessed with. Be grateful for this experience, and compliment each other on a job well done.

We wish you the best of luck. You CAN do this! 🙂

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Stay Calm & Lead On!
Profs Dr. C. & Dr. V.

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