Don Shomette

People are the Prize

Favorite Teacher

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One SMALL thing that will make a BIG difference…

During class change or while at lunch, informally survey a few students and ask them who their favorite teacher has been this school year.  After they give you a name, ask why.  Then, later in the day stop by and visit that teacher and tell them, “I was talking to some students today and they told me that you were their favorite teacher.  They said you were…  I just wanted you to know.”

How much do you think this little act of kindness will mean to that teacher? 

And for the record, this is not flattery but praise.  Praise for a job well done.  It will only take a few minutes of your time, but everyone wins and wins big.  You make positive contact with the students, you make some lucky teacher’s day—maybe week, month, or even year—and you’ve enhanced your relationship with a peer which is something we should all be striving to improve, especially if that relationship has been less than perfect.  This may not fix it, but it will certainly make it a whole lot better.       

So, whether you’re a superintendent, principal, SRO, security officer, counselor, or whatever—take the time today to praise your peers for their hard work. 

They’re worth a little extra effort on your part!    

Author: Don Shomette

Don Shomette is a trainer, speaker, consultant, and owner of People are the Prize, a violence prevention company that helps people to prevent and survive a school attack. He has spent a lifetime working with police officers and principals and is consistently evaluated by those who attend his trainings as one of the best instructors ever. Don challenges, entertains, and helps school personnel to think of preventing violence in a new and positive way.

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