Welcome to the Math by Morrison blog. Cheryl and I started this blog earlier in the spring, but for many of you, this might be the first time you have read one of the posts. I would assume that some of today’s readers heard about this blog at CAMT. I thought it might be wise to tell you a little about what we are trying to accomplish.
Cheryl and I are both educators, and have been for some time. The blog is a way for us to express our thoughts and feelings about education, as well as ramble on and pontificate about a variety of subjects. If you are a teacher (or associate with education in some way) you will hopefully enjoy our stories and observations about what makes a great teacher. We plan on releasing a series of such blogs as we near the first day of school. This should make for some good discussion.
If you are not involved in education, I ask that you give us a chance. While some of the topics are based heavily in education (Assigned Seating Charts – Yes or No?), others are not. At its core, education is no different than most professions. It is based upon personal relationships, and the ultimate success or failure of the educator often boils down to how well we can get along with others. It is along this vein that I would like to write about today.
I have a fill-in-the-blank list for you to consider. I wish I could give the author his/her proper credit, but I do not know where it originated. According to some Google entries, it is attributed to Dear Abby, but who really knows? My father, the mayor of San Angelo, has referenced it before in relation to civic matters. I suppose that many relationships could learn from its wisdom.
The 10 Commandments of a Successful ______________ .
1. Say less than you think. Think before you speak.
2. Make promises sparingly, and then keep them.
3. Never lose an opportunity to say a kind word to someone. A positive word on Monday might help you on Tuesday.
4. Be interested in the lives of others and make them feel worthy.
5. Keep a cheerful attitude, and always appear positive (even if you are not).
6. Keep an open mind on debatable topics. Remember, discussions are good and arguments are bad. Use common sense on defusing tense situations.
7. Let your virtues speak for themselves and refuse to gossip about the shortcomings of others.
8. Be very careful about the feelings of others.
9. Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Act in such a way to prove them wrong.
10. Do not worry about what is due you – just do your job to the best of your ability.
So how do you fill in the blank? Teacher? Principal? Coach? Instructional Specialist? Manager? Preacher? Janitor? Groundskeeper? President? Mayor? Parent?
I think the message is clear. Successful people, regardless of their job or position, are successful because they understand the benefit of personal relationships.
Is this a message you think needs to be shared? If so, join the conversation at either www.mathbymorrison.wordpress.com or join us on Facebook. Share it with others, and let’s get ready to change the world.