Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 239

There is always enough time to make a difference. #QuoteADay #Day239 #edchat #edu #ASCDL2L #MakeADifference

This morning I was thinking about the “idea” of fifteen minutes.

It isn’t a particularly long-time, and in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t occupy a large portion of our day.  In fact, if I do the math, a fifteen minute block is roughly 1% of a day (give or take a bit). 
While 1% of anything might be considered small potatoes, it is more than enough time to make a tremendous difference.

Consider this. . .

You’re a building principal and you decide to wake up fifteen minutes earlier so you can arrive to work fifteen minutes before you normally do.  With those extra fifteen minutes, you take a walk around the halls to greet early arriving teachers, and are able to pop into three classrooms and chat, leaving a smile on the face of three of your colleagues.

Or this. . .

You’re a curriculum director.  By arriving at your office fifteen minutes earlier, you are able to move a meeting up by fifteen minutes, providing you with an extra fifteen minutes to tack on to the end of your day.  With this extra fifteen, you stop by one of the elementary schools for a visit on the way to a meeting at the high school.  During this visit you spend a few minutes with students in the lunchroom, talking with them about what they’ve learned that day.

Or this. . .

You’re a teacher.  With the extra fifteen minutes you’ve provided yourself, you’re able to finish setting up for a lab the next day.  This means you won’t have to rush through setup the next morning, and you go home feeling stress-free.

Fifteen minutes isn’t much.  But it is more than enough to make a difference in the lives of others and ourselves.  Never balk at even the most “insignificant” amounts of time.  There is always time to make a difference.

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