Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quotes & Reflection on Responsibility

by Jan Shoop
Today’s quotes and reflection are on Responsibility.

“Look at the word responsibility – ‘response-ability’ – the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. The do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice, base on values, rather than a product of their conditions, based on feelings.”
Stephen R. Covey

I was rereading, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and came across this quote. I think it sums up the word responsibility perfectly. When you work in schools, or for that matter, any business you will meet people who stretch to take responsibility and those who hide under their desks when it’s time to take responsibility.

I have seen responsibility demonstrated in schools in many memorable ways. Here are a couple of examples of teachers, kids and volunteers taking responsibility and being proactive:

1.      The teenage mom who is 18 or 16 and still takes on parenting admirable.
2.      The single parent, of a severely disabled child, who devotes her life to raising her child and supporting the child’s needs.
3.      The teacher who not only teaches, but also spends her evenings and summers writing lesson plans and planning meaningful thematic units.
4.      The teacher who takes the time, each day after school, to counsel students and provide one-to-one instruction.
5.      The volunteer who spends 100’s of hours helping a child learn to read, with no thought of compensation.
6.      The volunteer who gives to a school, even though she lives on a limited income herself.
7.      The kid who comes to school every day with dirty clothes and no support at home; who has the drive to succeed.

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