13 Teacher Affirmations – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday March 16, 2010

Today I am featuring some affirmations for one of our most important professions – teachers. I received a B.S. in Education and planned to go into teaching at one point in my life. Life took me in another direction, but I have always appreciated and respected what teachers do for all of us.

Please share these with your favorite teacher!

Stay inspired!

Ray

  1. I am an awesome teacher making a real difference in the lives of my students today!
  2. Today my students have my absolute commitment.
  3. Today I give my students all I can so that tomorrow they can be all they can!
  4. My teaching makes an impact in the world in completely unexpected and amazing ways.
  5. Each and every day, I bring knowledge and dedication to my classroom.
  6. I love teaching! At the end of every day, I KNOW I have made a difference.
  7. I am a great teacher! I am a great teacher! I am a great teacher and I get better and better each and every day!
  8. I am a great teacher! Each day I strive to be that teacher my students will look back on an say, “Thanks!”
  9. I thrive on making [fill in your subject] relevant to the lives of my students and today I do!
  10. Teaching is more a relationship than a job or a role. Today I remember to relate the learning to each student!
  11. A great teacher lives within me! Today that teacher is shaping futures!
  12. Today and every day, I stay focused by remembering why I got into teaching!
  13. Each and every day, I share life’s greatest gift – the gift of learning!

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Overcoming the Fear of Failure – The Affirmation Spot for Monday October 12, 2009

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“The fear of failure is the shortest route to it.”

~ Ray Davis

Homer FailureI was recently reading an article where they were comparing Japanese and American students’ approaches to learning. The writer pointed out that it is not uncommon to see a Japanese student fail numerous times on his or her way to learning something successfully. In Japan, there is no stigma to failing along the road to success. It is an expected and accepted part of the learning process.

In the United States, we attach a tremendous amount of stigma to failing. So much so that American students are generally not willing to go through the process of failing to learn. American students tend to focus their attention on subjects where they can be successful and shy away from subjects where failure might be involved.

So instead of going through the failure to learn process we often hear our children say things like, “I hate math.” They don’t really mean that they have something personal against math. What they are saying is, “I would have to fail too many times to get math and I’m not willing to do it.”

I’m not here to say that one nation’s approach to learning is superior. However, this fear of failing extends beyond school and impacts our adult life as well. Many people have big dreams or goals they would like to accomplish, but, again, they are still not willing feel the sting of failure to get there. Instead, they learn to play it safe just as their children do with the math.

That’s where my little aphorism at the top comes in. When fear failure so much that we are unwilling to try, unwilling to risk learning new things and failing a little; we cannot achieve our goals and dreams. All because of the stigma of failure.

Recondition yourself to overcome your fear of failure. In an outstanding article, Olimpio Zapanta offers five steps for overcoming the fear of failure.

  1. Divorce failure from your self-esteem.
  2. Failure is not all bad. It can be a great teacher.
  3. Failure and success are intimately linked – failure is often a prerequisite for success.
  4. Successful people fail constantly. That’s how they succeed.
  5. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect before you go for it.

With these five great steps and determination, don’t let the fear of failure sidetrack you from your destiny! Remember that “A Success” is what we call someone who had the courage to persist through failures.

Stay Inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”