Every morning my son’s kindergarten class starts off with reading time for the first 15 minutes of the school day. The children choose books from the class library, and parents and family members are invited to stay and read. I try to be there as often as I can, which is two or three days a week at the moment. I enjoy spending that time with my son, and getting to know his classmates.
At least half of the time when I sit in on reading time I’m there for the morning announcements. The principal comes on the PA system and fills the school in on what to expect that day. He also shares daily tips. As I was thinking about it on the walk back from school this morning, it occurred to me that my children’s elementary school principal has a lot of wisdom to share that applies not just to children, but to everyone. Today, I thought it would be fun to share some of the wisdom I’ve gleaned from those morning announcements.
Wisdom From an Elementary School Principal
- Don’t use more toilet paper than you need.
- When you meet a stranger, greet them with a smile and share your name.
- Eat your healthy food first.
- Put your garbage in the garbage can.
- Dress appropriately for the weather.
- Everyone has more fun when you include all your friends.
- Put first things first.
- If you don’t understand an instruction, ask for help.
- Take care of your things.
- Ask before you use something that belongs to someone else.
- Take turns doing the things your friends want to do.
- Looking for a great book? The librarian would love to share a suggestion with you.
- Prepare for your day before you arrive.
- Try something new today.
- Take care of the spaces that you use.
- Congratulate others on their successes.
- Never, ever throw snow, or you will have to come to my office and talk to me. (Okay, maybe this one doesn’t apply in general.)
What about you – what wisdom have you gleaned from teachers or principals?