Yesterday, I promised myself I was going to begin preparing the soil to teach for equity. I am going on a journey, a journey in which I hope to discover how to achieve equity in my classroom and at my school. In preparation for this journey, I began by watching some videos featuring Dr. Eleanor Renee Rodriguez, from the “school improvement network” and co-author of the book “What is it about me you cannot teach?”
As I watched the videos, Dr. Rodriguez quoted Dr. Charles Swindoll in a poem titled “Attitude”. I believe it is important for me to check my biases before I embark on this adventure. Here is the poem:
by: Charles Swindoll
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.