Remember how much our implicit bias affects our actions- well, so does your open knowledge.
Students deserve fresh chances. Whether it be September, January, or May 1, students deserve an opportunity to show YOU who they are.
Today is the perfect day to shift your mindset about the kiddos that challenge you the most. Instead of thinking of some students as being challenging or behavioural problems RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN!
Try saying, this kiddo is a puzzle or an exciting student. This simple shift in how you think goes from shining a negative light on your student to lining them with positivity. Remember that ole saying 'treat people how you want to be treated'- this is ALWAYS true when you are with your students. All kiddos deserve to be treated fairly, justly, and with openness.
YOU, yes YOU, have driven someone (or lots of someones) NUTTY over the years....but people still gave you a chance and got to know the real you. Do the same for your students.. forget what the other teachers say, see your little monkeys through your own eyes for who they are and who they can be.
This small change can make a world of difference to the kiddos who need it the most.