Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sprinkle Compliments Like Glitter & Watch Your Students Sparkle

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Good Wednesday morning. Did you know that today is National Compliment Day? I did not know that either until I heard it on the radio this morning. Thanks for sharing, Life96.5

What a great day. We all thrive on genuine compliments from others. Even Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” That shows compliments are powerful stuff.

Teachers…ALL your students have good in them. Yes, ALL of your students. We may have to search hard to find it, but I guarantee it’s there. I’ll never forget GS. He was a young student who was kicked out of almost every kindergarten classroom he was placed in. By the time he came to our school he carried around the label of EBD (Emotional and Behavior Disorder). Plain and simple…he was rough around the edges. Uffdah.

His grandma lived up the street from me. I was doing yard work outside one day when I heard GS say to her, “Yup, love you grandma. K…see ya later.” My jaw hit the grass. Yes, even GS had good in him. The next day he was in school, I made sure to point out that I was impressed with how he cared for his grandma.

Find the good in your students today and every day. Then sincerely compliment them on it. Compliments don’t have to be extravagant. Simple, kind words is all it will take. “Johnny, I love that t-shirt.” “Suzie, your hair looks so cute today.” See…easy, peasy. 🙂

If you are looking for a compliment project on this National Compliment Day, check out the blog written by Jennifer Gonzalez. The Compliments Project is a great resource for you.

Hey, teacher candidates and student teachers and teachers…you are all awesome. Continue to bless children in your classrooms. Thank you for working so hard to make our world a better place for our young people.

Sprinkle around compliments today like they are glitter. Watch your students sparkle. 🙂

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Stay Calm & Share a Compliment!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

January is EA/TEF Awareness Month

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The New Year is a time to set goals, resolutions. Many folks are using the #oneword resolution idea, and many are choosing the word “DETERMINED” or “RESILIENT” for their New Year’s goal.

Both are perfect words for EA/TEF Awareness Month. The little ones diagnosed with this rare defect are certainly determined and resilient. They are tenacious and tough in their fight. My granddaughter certainly has been so far.

Back in July 2017, I briefly introduced you to my newest granddaughter, Miss Lucy Lavonne. Remember…she didn’t stick to the schedule. 🙂 Miss Lucy has had quite the journey in her first 6 months of life. She is one resilient and determined little fighter!

Lucy was born with EA/TEF – VACTERL which are rare congenital defects. If you are an MD, you understand all those letters. However, if you are like the majority of us, you probably had to google it because we have no idea what those letters stand for. Just click on the link to save yourself some time.

Six months and 3 surgeries later, Miss Lucy is our miracle grandbaby. She has proven to be one courageous little fighter with the cutest giggles you’ll ever hear.  And if this grandma may say so herself…she is beautiful! 🙂

We are forever grateful for all who have prayed diligently for her. And of course, we ask that you please continue those prayers.

For all the sweet EA/TEF and VACTERL fighters out there along with their mommas and daddys, we lift you up in prayer. Be strong. Be courageous. Be determined. Be resilient. Be full of faith. Be blessed!

May God grant you an abundance of peace during this awareness month and in all the days, months, and years to come. ❤

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Stay Calm & Fight on Little Ones!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.



Top 10 Teacher Traits by Our Top Teacher Candidates


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SMSU Teacher Candidates are EDU Rock Stars.  We get to know our students from the time they arrive on campus in the fall of their freshman year until that final year they make their way across the stage to accept their diploma. Wow!! What a difference in maturity level as these young teacher candidates travel through their teacher prep program. It is inspiring to see their growth—both personally and professionally.

During their freshman year, our education majors are required to take an Introduction to Education course. At the beginning of this course, they are asked to list the top ten teacher traits they believe are the most significant traits to own as a teacher. These freshmen base their answers on those teachers they just left behind in high school or from their elementary days.

Now that these same students are currently teacher candidates and juniors here at SMSU, and have…

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