Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kids Respond When You Believe in Them . . . Ask Principal Roger Boddie


After 36 years of leading the Hingham Middle School in Massachusetts, Principal Roger Boddie's students surprised him with a flashmob dancing tribute to him on his last day of his term on the job.   It is touching to see how this affects Boddie as well as the students.  Imagine leading a school for 36 years.  That means that he probably had at least 2 generations of students. He became part of their families.

He obviously Made a Difference.  He believed in his students and they responded.  This aligns with the testimonials that I have been hearing all week at the ISTE conference in San Antonio.
  • I heard Kevin Honeycutt talking about his passion for teaching and challenging students.
  • Adam Bellow gave a moving keynote where he talked about Making a Difference in the world. 
  • Jane McGonigal shaws how she had worked with learners and changed their lives through gaming.
There is no greater achievement than Making a Difference in someone else's life.  That is why we became teachers.  We want to make a difference it is when we receive acknowledgement as Principal Boddie received the tribute by his students that means a great deal.

I found this video on the blog of a good friend, mentor and colleague, Vicki Davis - CoolCatTeacher.   Visit her blog to see what she has to say about this.

How have you been acknowledged as an educator?

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