Needless to say, some people loved it, and others, well, were BOTHERED by it. In fact they disliked it so much that they complained to administration. Needless to say, I was crushed thinking I had done something sweet that had offended my team.
It's been weeks since PT Conferences, but there is still talk of the "poster". Much to my surprise, however, when I walked into my room this morning, I found this surprise. (they were sneaky. . .I didn't leave until 6pm last night, and I know they needed a ladder to hang this up.)
When I looked at it and saw the poem that was attached, I saw it was THE POEM. The offending poem on the poster I put in everyone's mailbox. Yes; my eyes did water up.
- You can't please everyone.
- It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission
- You never know how someone will react until you do something
- Go out there and do something, you'll never know, even while in the midst of controversy, that you made a difference to someone.
- Do what you know is right, even if it isn't popular.
- Apologize when necessary, and let it be sincere.
And just so you know, before I found this little surprise, I did apologize to my team. I did tell them I had only good intentions. I did tell tell them that I would be leaving more inspirational (or what I consider to be inspiration) messages in their mailboxes. And, I did tell them I am here to work with them, not against them. After all, we are here to work with kids and give them support. . .
. . .teach them, mold them, care for them, and love them.