Friday, April 13, 2012

Words to Teach By

I finally watched The Help.  As I watched, I was struck by this quote,

"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."

Tears trickled down my face, as the words struck such a chord.  I couldn't help but think that every child should hear these words; daily.  I thought of the students I teach and those I have taught.  What could happen if everyday they heard this affirmation and they began to believe it themselves?  Research and common sense tells us that this could be a good thing.

Grab yours here.

I created this (grammar corrected) with hopes that you will use it in your classroom too.  My hope is that perhaps, more children begin to believe in themselves and dream of something bigger.

You see, I teach children who at times are so practical.  When asked what they would do with a $100, they answer - they would help their family pay bills or buy food.  When asked what they want to do when they grow up, they are unsure; perhaps, work at a fast food restaurant.

I feel it is my responsibility to show and teach them that there is much more "out there" but I can not do that if they do not believe in themselves.  I want to allow them the possibility to dream.  I say, this because I have been there.  If I had not had a dream of something better, I would not have the life I have today.  It all begins with a dream.

As a little girl, this song helped me dream.

Okay, enough of the mushy gushy teacher.  I hope you grabbed your copy of the quote. Happy Friday! One more week of vacation to go! :)

Happy Learning and Teaching!


  1. I love your poster you created! I always give a sincere greeting to my kids everyday but I think this poster would be an added bonus! Thanks for sharing!

    One Teacher's Take

  2. What a great quote. I want all children to believe that.

  3. Such a beautiful heartfelt post to which I whole heartedly agree!! Thank you for the poster ... it is the first thing I will be adding to my classroom after our current 2 week break!! Thank you also for being so inspiring to me:) Happy weekend to you ~ x
    Good Morning Mrs Rubie

  4. :-) Thanks for creating this and sharing it with us!

  5. Love it! Words to live by for all of us.
    Heidi Butkus

  6. I loved the book and loved the movie! Thank you for sharing and reminding me!!!

  7. I had tears rolling at that sentiment as well. Thanks for the grammar corrected freebie. :-)

    Strive to Sparkle

  8. Hi, just found your blog on TBA and I'm your newest follower! Your blog is adorable. Thank you so much for sharing. (Also I read "The Help" last summer and it touched my heart).


  9. Thank you for fixing it grammatically . . . LOVE it!! I read the book but haven't had the courage to see the movie . . . it was a difficult story for me to get through. Such an important message!!!



  10. This is something I want every student to truly believe about themselves. Thanks for the reminder! We colored it, signed it, and posted it in our room.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  11. I love that movie! Yes, every child should hear those words. Your grammatically correct poster is awesome! I'm finding coming by from Charity's 5 Star Blogger Challenge post.

    Many Blogging Blessings,
    The Teacher's Chatterbox

  12. I love that quote as well and what a fabulous idea to hang it up in your classroom! Thank you so much for sharing! I found you from Charity's challenge as well!

    Lessons with Laughter

  13. Loved that part of the movie! Thanks for the great post. I'm your newest follower.


  14. The Help was one of my favorite books! I love this post and that quote. Positive praise is so important. I will be stopping by to read more, I am a new follower!


  15. I love the poster. I am hanging it in my classroom! There are so many kids out there today that need this. Thank you so much.

  16. I love the poster. I am hanging it in my classroom! There are so many kids out there today that need this. Thank you so much.

  17. Great post - definitely a 5-Star Blogger! Thanks for linking up!

    The Organized Classroom Blog

  18. Loved the book...Can't wait to see the movie! I think that is one of my favorite quotes from the book...I try to make my students feel that every day! Love your blog.
    Owl Things First

  19. Stopping by to visit my fellow 5-Star Bloggers. I adore your sign and will be printing one for our homeschool!!

  20. Love it!

    Teaching Maddeness
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