Positive Expectancy
Bill O'Hanlon

  

It seems that one year, there was a class of students who were so unruly that they burned out two different teachers.  One teacher took early retirement and the other decided to get out of teaching altogether.  This class was so bad that substitute teachers began to refuse to take it.  So the district called a teacher who had applied for a job but hadn't made the cut that year.  They asked her if she would be willing to come in and finish out the year in return for the promise of a full-time position the next year.  She eagerly accepted.

The principal decided not to warn the teacher about the class, afraid that she would be scared off if she heard what she was up against.  After the new teacher had been on the job for a month, the principal sat in on a class to see how things were going.  To his amazement, the students were well-behaved and enthusiastic.  After the students had filed out of the classroom, the principal stayed behind to congratulate the teacher on a job well done.  She thanked him but insisted that he deserved thanks for giving her such a special class, such a great class, for her first assignment.  The principal hemmed and hawed and told her that he really didn't deserve any thanks.

She laughed and told him, "You see, I discovered your little secret on my first day here.  I looked in the desk drawer and found the list of the students' IQ scores.

"I knew I had a challenging group of kids here, so bright and rambunctious that I would really have to work to make school interesting for them because they are so intelligent."  She slid the drawer open and the principal saw the list with the students' names and the numbers 136, 145, 127, 128, and so on written next to the names.

He exclaimed, "Those aren't their IQ scores--those are their locker numbers!"  Too late.  The teacher had already expected the students to be bright and gifted--and they had responded positively to her positive view and her positive handling of them.
   
  

Do One Thing Different.  Bill O'Hanlon
A lot of practical, common-sense suggestions for dealing with many aspects of your own life, such as your own perspective, co-dependencies, etc.  Quite a few step-by-step ideas for dealing with things that may be bringing you down.  His website is at possibilitycenter.com if you'd like to learn more about him or see his other books.

  
   

The world has a way of giving what is demanded of it.  If you are frightened
and look for failure and poverty, you will get them, no matter how hard you
may try to succeed.  Lack of faith in yourself, in what life will do for you, cuts
you off from the good things of the world.  Expect victory and you make victory.

Pristine Bradley

  


 
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