One of my favorite songs is "Every Day" by Rascal Flatts. If you watch this video and listen to the lyrics, you can instantly see why the phrase, 'Every Day' needs to mean so much more.
'Every Day' - n.
- The action of service in such a way that it changes a student's life.
- A deep rooted commitment to never giving up on a child no matter what the circumstances may be.
- A stubborn refusal to allow a student to fail.
- A constant effort to build life-changing relationships with those that you teach and work with.
- A selfless action of being a rock for others.
- An unwavering belief that one has tremendous power and a moral obligation each and every day to not only change lives, but save them.
So as we get into the 2nd month of school (3rd for my friends in North Carolina), I challenge you to transform your work into an 'Every Day' mentality. Look beyond the tasks, deadlines and obstacles and accept the challenge to save lives, elicit excellence and inspire students and fellow colleagues in a such a way that they are compelled to find their purpose in life.
Think about it. If we adopted an 'Every Day' mentality, don't you think that learning content, raising test scores and meeting state accountability would take care of itself?
Does your school have the 'Every Day' mentality? Do you have an 'Every Day' mentality? If so, please share what y'all do, so we can help others come up with practical strategies to make 'Every Day' truly count.