I spent last Thursday at Southwest Middle School in Albert Lea, Minnesota. After my assembly, I ate lunch in the cafeteria with a group of seventh grade girls. When they finished lunch, they ran off to band practice. All of a sudden, a few of them came running back and asked me if I would come and listen to their band practice. I agreed and off we went. I thought I'll try it since I've never done that before.
Talk about chaos! The first few minutes as they all practiced, it sounded like nothing I've ever heard. Then, the director, Mister Dawson, called them to order and I enjoyed watching the concentration on all of their faces as they focused on the songs they were working on.
From there, I went to Brenda Morris' seventh grade health class to spend two hours of follow-up discussion and doing a couple of experiential exercises from my assembly. She had dozens of quotes posted all over her room, and I asked two students to please write them down for me. Here are some of my favorites:
"Make an effort, not an excuse."
"You teacher's goal is simple: to help you reach yours."
"Your 'I Will' is more important than your I.Q."
"Be yourself. You're the only one who can do it right."
"Attitude is the mind's paintbrush. It can color any situation."
"Stand up for what is right even if you're standing alone."
"Let the choices you make today be choices you can live with tomorrow."
"What is popular is not always right; what is right is not always popular."
"Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters."
"Be yourself: an original is always worth more than a copy."
"Courage is doing right when everyone around you is doing wrong."
"Character: it's how you live life when nobody's looking."
1. Making every decision carefully
2. Thinking everything through responsibly
3. Exercising your freedom to choose
4. Deciding what is right and doing it."
I've attached a page of my favorites here. Please click on the image to make it larger; then, print it and put it on your bulletin board to refer to as needed. I do:
Please feel free to add your favorite quotes in the Comments Section. Include the author if you know who said it. I look forward to reading them.