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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Silent Cheerleader Cheers On

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Silent Cheerleader Project!

Earlier in the school year, our school social committee got together to discuss ways to build morale in the building.  Teachers were feeling down, overwhelmed with pressure and just plain bummed.  Enter...the Silent Cheerleader Project!  Staff who wanted to could sign up and names would be drawn from a hat to pair each teacher who signed up with a silent cheerleader-someone who could bring a little cheer to your day.  It has become a sort of random act of kindness if you will...

Today, I received a cute little gift for Valentines Day from my Silent Cheerleader!  I opened up the adorable little box of joy as if I were a child receiving the first gift of the Christmas season!  When I opened up the little box, inside was a pair of cute socks to wear on Valentines Day! So much fun to celebrate... 



The random acts of kindness shown by my silent cheerleader have been happening weekly throughout the year.  The staff will reveal each teacher's SC on last day of school!  I am looking forward to thanking my Silent Cheerleader for all of the kind notes, little gifts and treats she has left me throughout the year!  Thanks to my silent cheerleader who brings weekly cheer like a ray of sunshine to my sloppy weather life!

13 comments:

  1. I love this idea! Teachers everywhere are feeling the pressures of CCSS, new evaluation systems, etc. We all need a silent cheerleader!

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  2. What an interesting way to take on the stresses of teaching! I suspect that comments on the blog and retweets on Twitter have to same effect on us! I feel like a kid ready to open a birthday present ever time I see some action out there in cyberspace! Yet, we all need those tangible reminders that we are not alone on this journey! I think I will try to do a random act of kindness or two today!

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  3. We need the 'silent cheerleader'...thank you so much for sharing, Amy. I love that it encourages people to notice the great and hard work that everyone is doing. xo

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  4. At our school, we have Secret Santas around Christmas time. This year we set up spending guidelines because some teachers go all out. Do you have any guidelines for the silent cheerleaders? I love the idea. I agree with Anita that comments are like that, secret sweet gifts that can keep up writing. Isn't this kindness week? Of course, ever week should be kindness week.

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  5. What a wonderful idea. I like that they are called "silent cheerleaders." Brings mystery in addition to joy.

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  6. What a sweet idea! Too often negativity takes root and morale spirals downward. I love that your school actively works against that in positive, celebratory ways!

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  7. Nice...we had a Valentine Pal but unfortunately this year the response to join was very low... for all the reasons you mentioned why it should be important to do it Good for you and your staff for thinking of it as something that may help..not another thing to do!

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  8. Fantastic Idea! I was never into the Secret Santa version but teachers need cheerleaders. Wonderful,
    Bonnie

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  9. Great idea to built morale and get some warm fuzzies when you need them the most. I have participated in Secret Santa, but this is something that is needed any time of the year. As mentioned above, the comments we all receive on our slices are like those RAK's.

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  10. What a great idea! We do secret santa's at school but it would be so much fun to do all year long. It sounds like an easy way to build community among staff members. Teaching is an overwhelming job and to be able to uplift someone once in a while is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing your story and enjoy your socks...I bet your students will like them.

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  11. We don't do Secret Santa anymore, but do a white elephant, such fun too. But I might bring this up; I think the staff would like it. Thanks Amy, & I'm gad you got your cute socks!

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  12. We do the secret Santa and something the week of Valentine's Day. I've never participated because I felt I didn't need something else to do. Your post has inspired me to join the fun next year so that I can uplift a fellow teacher, something we all need. I have to admit that looking for a comment is a favorite pick-me-up for me each week.

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  13. Thank you for all if your kind compliments! So glad to have so many "writing cheerleaders" in the TWT slice of life community!

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