Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Power Of Hello

I remember how good it felt when I was acknowledged as I walked into the room.  It put me at ease that she was aware I was there, that I existed, that I mattered...

As children begin their back to school journeys and transition to new classrooms, excitement, anxiety, and a strange mixture of assorted emotions begin to surface in children, parents, and teachers embarking on a new year.  From the wee infant, all the way to the college goer, our children are looking for acceptance in new environments.

"Hello," opens doors to conversations.

"Hello," calms nerves.

"Hello," introduces new friends.

"Hello," creates a feeling of being part of the group.

"Hello," is powerful because feeling welcomed allows for more engaged learning.

On the first day of school don't forget to make an impact on a child, or adult, that can set the tone for the day, and don't forget to teach children how they can make an impact too...it starts with a simple "hello."


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12 comments:

  1. Hi I am following you from a new link for me called Discover and Explore. Hello... nice to meet you.
    Blessings,
    Janis www.janiscox.com Author of Tadeo Turtle

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    1. Hello Janis, nice to meet you too! -Heather

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  2. Such a simple and important reminder. A small word can do so much! Thanks so much for sharing on Discover & Explore! Off to pin...

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  3. I love this message! It is a good one to share as we head back to school. Thanks for sharing on the Discover & Explore linky!

    -Courtney

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    1. Hi Courtney, I think about it a lot when I go places, but it seemed especially appropriate for this time of year!

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  4. I Love This! I've never forgotten something that Maya Angelou said on Oprah one time. She said that all a child wants to see is your face light up when they walk into a room. I have always, always tried to practice that with my students and my own children. This post goes right along with that sentiment! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Amy, I agree! I think it helps with adults too. I felt even more welcome at my sons school when they not only acknowledged him, but me as well. It puts a smile on my face!

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  5. It's a good reminder. My 6yo is really shy and often won't reply to people when they say hello. I try to encourage her to say it back because otherwise it seems like she is being rude. She is getting there in her own time.

    Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I've pinned to our board.

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    1. Yes, in her own time :) I've noticed some children smile or just wave instead, which is the same language to me!

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