SURVIVAL KIT FOR EVERYDAY USE
Make a Survival Kit for each staff member by placing the "instructions" below in a plastic bag along with the items listed. Alternatively, you might from time to time drop one of these items and its message into faculty mailboxes.
Toothpick: To remind you to pick out the good qualities in others.
Rubber Band: To remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but they will work out.
Band-Aid: To remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else's.
Pencil:?To remind you to list your blessings every day.
Eraser:?To remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's OK!
Chewing Gum:?To remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.
Mint:?To remind you that you are worth a mint.
Candy Kiss:?To remind you that everyone needs a kiss or hug every day.
Tea Bag:?To remind you to relax daily and go over that list of your blessings.
An award-winning educator, highly acclaimed speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Diane Hodges' weekly Looking Forward to Monday Morning columns present a wealth of ideas administrators can use to drive staff members happy!
Diane is a frequent speaker at national and state conferences, including those of the national principal associations (NAESP, NASSP). In high-energy, humorous sessions, she unleashes dozens of ideas for promoting staff recognition and appreciation and for creating a climate of fun in the workplace. In addition, schools and school districts frequently call on Diane to share ways in which staff members can create more fun and appreciation for one another… in just minutes a day.
Diane is the bestselling author of Looking Forward to Monday Morning, Looking Forward to MORE Monday Mornings, Quote This!, Laugh Lines for Educators, and Grin and Share It! -- all published by Corwin Press.
You can learn more about Diane, purchase her books, or book her for a presentation in your school or district at dianehodges.com.
If you're looking for a good source of other fun staff incentives, you might check out the Positive Promotions Web site.
Additional Resources from Education World
When All Else Fails, Turn to the Survival Kit
A 'Survival Kit' for New Teachers
First Day Survival Kits for Kids
A teacher is like a candle which lights others in consuming itself.
~ Giovani Ruffini
GRIN AND SHARE IT
Little Debbie came running into the house after school shouting, "Daddy! Daddy! I got a 100 in school today!"
"That's great, honey," her proud father said. "Come into the living room and tell me about it."
"See my papers," she began. "I got a 53 in spelling and a 47 in math!"
Find more smiles, chuckles, and grins in my books Laugh Lines for Educators and Grin and Share It! Find more quotes for educators in my book Quote This!
Drive your staff happy!
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