I love this video.  I love it not because it’s about a pie-in-the-sky kind of video, but because it’s about the truth.  Kids learn more from the teachers they like.  They remember the instruction from teachers they like.  They listen to and want to perform well for teachers they like.  They take discipline and constructive feedback better from teachers they like.

You know, I often say that teaching is a series of small, short interactions put together with enthusiasm – and that is truer today than it every has been.

I encourage you to take a look at Rita’s speech – and listen to it at the end of the school year as your closer to your last staff meeting.  This is the kind of stuff that can’t be taught – it has to be cultivated and decided upon.

It IS the glue that holds the teaching together.

And it’s necessary for every kid.  And every teacher.