Sunday, 9 February 2014

Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?

On the first day of school this year, my Principal stood in front of hundreds of 11 - 18 year olds and gave a common message.

"Before you say it - think - is it true? is it kind? is it necessary? Because if it's not - don't say it. If we all do this, we'll get along just fine."

I have seen posters of this message all over Pinterest and have pinned different versions on boards myself. Doing some research into it, I can see that the Pinterest posters come from a variation on a quote attributed to Buddha.

"If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?" --- Buddha

On reflection, I have come to realise just how important these words are for everyone in the school, students and staff.

As teachers we get frustrated with things out of our control. Shortages of time, other people's new ideas we have to implement at the last minute, change, new policy initiatives that don't bring anything to the work we're doing already. We work with these things everyday. We work around these things everyday. 

But it's important to remember that no matter what, we're professionals. 

Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?

This should go through our minds before we start to make comments about things that we and those around us can't control. Sometimes we have to let these things go and not let them bog us down in a toxic and negative environment. 

We work together as a team. We succeed as a team. We fail as a team. Blaming each other and saying things we can't take back is detrimental to the team. We need more constructive ways to discuss problems rather than complaining to others.

While speaking with my students and talking to them about the 'right' way to speak to each other, I need to make sure that I'm following this advice. 

Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?

When I'm working with my staff, I need to make sure I'm following this advice.

Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?

So in my office and in my classroom, I'm going to put up some messages so that I keep this in the forefront of my mind for 2014.

They are modified to suit students and staff alike with a common message and I have used Stampin Up's My Digital Studios to create them.

Click on each poster to download a PDF version for your own classroom/office use.

Poster 1 - Stampin Up's My Digital Studios DSP Pinwheels on Parade - 4
Poster 2 - Stampin Up's My Digital Studios DSP This & That Epic Day - 10
Poster 3 - Stampin Up's My Digital Studios DSP Back to School - 3
Poster 4 - Stampin Up's My Digital Studios DSP World Traveler - paper 8
Poster 5 - Stampin Up's My Digital Studios DSP Finest Simplicity - 10

All posters include the stamp beautiful today - word bubble and fonts Sketchnotes Square and Lunchbox Slab purchased under a commercial licence.


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