“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

-Mother Theresa

What if we were all able to ensure that our students always left our classrooms “better and happier”?

What if all leaders could ensure that all teachers left them feeling “better and happier”?

As I continue to work with teachers and students during this academic year, this quote comes to mind over and over again. When my students enter my classroom, participate in activities, have discussions and then leave, what are they walking away with? Are they walking away happy and having enjoyed the time they’ve spent in class? Or are they walking away bored and dreading the next week’s class? Similar questions come to mind when I meet with teachers; I wonder whether they feel I am helping them when they leave or whether they feel our meetings aren’t giving them what they need.

There’s no answer, unless I ask directly; and it’s a question that teachers and students may not be comfortable answering. However, I wonder if keeping Mother Theresa’s words in mind can help me to keep kindness in the forefront of any conversation I am a part of, and help me to ensure that I do my best to help the other person/people leave feeling better than they did before.


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