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Lucky to Be a Teacher
Life-Changing Affirmations for Positive Classrooms

Second Edition
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June 2009 | 96 pages | Corwin
'There is no more exhilarating, exciting, or downright demanding job than that of a teacher. Chickie-Wolfe has captured many of the dispositions and attributions that great teachers have possessed or developed in the process of becoming great. Using this workbook to elaborate, reflect, and act on these and other such affirmations will help you be a great teacher' - Robert Rivers, Dean, School of Education, Purdue University Calumet

Positive affirmations guide the brain to positive thinking. This gem of a workbook inspires educators at all grade levels and points in their careers to strive for excellence every day. Louise A. Chickie-Wolfe expands on core motivating affirmations to help readers establish goals, deepen self-understanding, maintain a positive perspective in their work, and reinforce their commitment to teaching as a profession.

The second edition of Lucky to Be a Teacher is an ideal gift for teachers to honor the essential work they do and help build the necessary resilience to stay in the field.

Features include:

- 33 updated affirmations to encourage teachers in their pursuit of a positive classroom

- Guided reflection questions with room for response to accompany each affirmation

- Writing prompts to help teachers write their own affirmations

Reignite the passion and drive that drew you to teaching as a career and reap the benefits of a positive outlook, an energized classroom, and joyful students!

 
List of Affirmations
 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
What Are Cognitive Affirmations

 
Your Brain Believes What You Tell It

 
Brain-Compatible Instruction

 
The Nature of the Message

 
Practice Makes Perfect

 
How to Use This Workbook Effectively

 
 
References
 
The Affirmations, Elaborations, and Guided Reflections
 
Affirmation 1. I Believe in the Inherent Worth of Each Student
 
Affirmation 2. I Make a Difference in the Lives of My Students
 
Affirmation 3. I Create a Safe and Friendly Atmosphere in My Classroom
 
Affirmation 4. I Smile a Lot and Am Very Positive in My Work
 
Affirmation 5. I Say Exactly What I Mean and Mean Exactly What I Say
 
Affirmation 6. I Am Fair and Considerate of My Students' Feelings
 
Affirmation 7. I Am Creative and Competent
 
Affirmation 8. I Realize That Teaching Is a Profession of Utmost Importance
 
Affirmation 9. I Believe That Children Are Our Most Important Natural Resource
 
Affirmation 10. I Am a Lifelong Learner and My Students Know It
 
Affirmation 11. I Am Organized and I Plan Ahead
 
Affirmation 12. I Believe That Teaching Is Satisfying and Rewarding
 
Affirmation 13. I Am Not the Same Teacher I Was Yesterday Because Each Day I Learn and Experience More
 
Affirmation 14. I Remember How Much It Hurts to Fail and I Am Patient and Understanding With Students' Difficulties
 
Affirmation 15. I Do Not Take Personally Anything Said to Me in Anger by a Student
 
Affirmation 16. I Am Consistent and Knowledgeable in My Field
 
Affirmation 17. I Know My Students' Abilities and I Have Realistic Expectations for Each of Them
 
Affirmation 18. My Students and I Become a Family
 
Affirmation 19. I Celebrate Every Milestone--Even the Smallest Ones
 
Affirmation 20. I Help My Students Find Academic and Personal Success
 
Affirmation 21. I Model Honesty and Dependability
 
Affirmation 22. I Encourage My Students to Think
 
Affirmation 23. I Enjoy the Diversity of My Students
 
Affirmation 24. I Share Positive Moments From My Class With Colleagues
 
Affirmation 25. I Know How the Brain Works Best and I Teach Accordingly
 
Affirmation 26. I Make Personal Connections With My Students
 
Affirmation 27. I Help My Students Make Personal Connections to What They Study
 
Affirmation 28. I Incorporate Service Projects Into My Teaching
 
Affirmation 29. I Welcome Change and Handle It Easily
 
Affirmation 30. I Seek and Find Peace in My Workplace as I Help Build a Better World
 
Affirmation 31. I Respect My Students and They Respect Me
 
Affirmation 32. My Students and I Have Fun Together
 
Affirmation 33. My Students and I Learn Together
 
Guidelines for Writing Your Own Affirmations
 
Workspace for Writing Your Own Affirmations

"There is no more exhilarating, exciting, or downright demanding job than that of a teacher. Chickie-Wolfe has captured many of the dispositions and attributions that great teachers have possessed or developed in the process of becoming great. Using this workbook to elaborate, reflect, and act on these and other such affirmations will help you be a great teacher."

Robert Rivers, Dean, School of Education
Purdue University Calumet

"Chickie-Wolfe captures the essence of what it means to be a teacher through the values that permeate these affirmations. At the heart of her message is the deep belief that the world of ideas is of central importance to us as teachers and as human beings. She not only gives us the rare opportunity to shape our thoughts, which give substance to our beliefs, but offers us myriad possibilities of becoming happier and more successful in all that we do, which is the sign of a remarkable teacher."

Mari Koerner, Dean, College of Teacher Education and Leadership
Arizona State University

"In my current role, I would encourage teachers and principals to utilize the positive affirmation questions to begin staff meetings and facilitate meaningful dialogue. Too often, we don’t take the time for reflection, which is imperative to our growth. Our goal is to create a positive and nurturing environment for all of our children to learn and grow. The reflective nature of the workbook can help create this reality."

Shannon O'Brien, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
School City of Hobart, IN

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


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