There is nothing more powerful in the world than gratitude and positive mental attitude. Students at Oak Park High School in Kansas City recently were targets of the power when their teachers hatched a plan to deepen the teacher-student bond.
They created the “Positivity Project,” a personal challenge to identify individual students who inspires them and makes them want to come to work. Armed with personal statements, these teachers found students in the halls and surprised them with kind words of appreciation.
It will set your heart on fire to see the reactions when teachers told these students why they were important and appreciated.
Dwayne Reed is entering his first year of teaching in the most special way. Instead of sending an email or newsletter home to parents he decided to record a song called “Welcome To The Fourth Grade,” and even made a video too. It’s a touching display of enthusiasm we all could learn from.
The video led one YouTube user to comment “where were the teachers like this 25 years ago.”
Mr. Reed’s response: “I was being born. ’91”
In this great video done by Loudspeaker films Johns talks about the motivation he gained as a first generation college graduate, kindergarten teacher, and advocate of elevating young people to be their own leaders. Having come from one of Los Angeles’ criminally under-resourced communities he knows what it means to beat the odds, and how important it is to have people believe in the potential and brilliance of our youth.