As a retired public educator, the unwritten rule to the start of class was always how the first five minutes could make or break the outcome for all involved. While we never knew what occurred before a child entered the building or classroom, it was our job as educators to create a safe, nurturing, encouraging, and supportive learning community. As the final morning bell rang, my voice enthusiastically welcomed one and all to another day of learning with Morning Message. Whether in my own classroom or as the building principal, those first five minutes of the day created a unique opportunity allowing us to share brief moments together as we began the important work of learning. From a funny story or joke to quotes, poems, and cheers, it was a special time to engage our attitude and effort (the two things we all control) in a positive, can-do mindset for the day. Breathing deeply, moving body and mind, and making a commitment to be our personal best were the focus. And as my educator Mom reminded me before my first day of student teaching, “Children are a living message we send to a future time we may not see; be mindful of the messages you share with them, especially during the first five minutes of each school day.”
Case-in-point…I recently visited with a former student who successfully completed three years with me as his teacher in three different grade levels. (I know; three years with me. WHEW!) He talked and laughed with me at length about the lessons he remembered most. You know what? Not one of the examples he mentioned involved subject matter, tests, or presentations. More to the point, he marveled at how we worked together during each of those three years to create a class family, a supportive and safe community for all while learning the required curriculum. He specifically mentioned Morning Message and how it continued to impact the start of his day, even with his own children.
Reflect on the first five minutes of your day today. What do you wish they looked like?
Morning Message remains my personal reflection and quiet mindset time. Passages, verses, prayers, poetry, and more help my mind focus and celebrate the abundance of my gratefulness as the day begins. It’s a positive launching pad into the day by inviting gratefulness inside right away! 🙂