What Really Matters

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Certain events over the last few days have caused me to pause for a second and think about what really matters. The first event was the shooting in Arizona over the weekend and the second a funeral I attended on Tuesday for a 17 year old boy.

I know for me personally I worry about the economy, what unforeseen expenses I may have, and other what now seem to me as trivial things.

The events of the past few days have given me a perspective of what really matters in my life as a husband, father, friend, and educator.

Here is my list of certain things that really matter
• My faith
• My family
• My friends
• Have I worked up to my potential today
• Did I help others maximize their potential
• Did I have a positive impact on someone’s life
Each one of these things have many different subsets too many to list.

As I tweeted the other  night we need to care about what really matters and make every day count.

I am fortunate to be in a profession that on a daily basis I have the ability to impact and change the lives of my students. However that comes with a tremendous responsibility as well. Our focus must always be how will this impact my students’ and will this maximize their potential and have a positive impact on them. If Yes then we must Do It!

However what works for one student may not work for another and therefore I think we need to be careful, myself included of not making generalizations about different things. Our barometer or measuring stick should not be is this “thing” good or bad but will this ‘thing” maximize student potential and have a positive effect on my student or students.


  1. Shannon said:

    Excellent points, Akevy. I would also add that we need to check if our intentions are matching up with our impact. You mention that what might work for one student may not work for another. This is true. We also need to remember that what works for us doesn’t work for everyone. Tuning in to the kids (and adults) and personalizing our approach to account for differences, as well as similarities, will help us have a greater impact. I suppose that once again, it comes down to the relationships we build and sustain. Finding out what matters to those around us will also offer us a clue to what will become the best approach.

    Thanks for sharing this reminder.


    January 13, 2011
    • Shannon,
      Thanks for your comment.
      I do agree it comes down to relationship and we need to be constantly adjusting in order to meet the needs of our students.

      Thanks for the comment and sharing your ideas

      January 13, 2011
  2. We are all fortunate to be in this profession – there’s no higher calling than serving. And it never to late to evaluate what is and isn’t important

    January 13, 2011
    • Derek

      Agreed ! We are very lucky
      Thanks for the comment


      January 13, 2011
  3. Kyle Timms said:

    One line I keep in my mind as I go about my day:

    “Make every student feel significant every day”

    – from Doug Player, my Master’s instructor and former superintendant here in BC.

    It’s a simple goal for teachers and educators, and if we at least tried to meet it, schools would be a much better place.

    January 14, 2011
    • Kyle
      Thanks for the comment

      That is a great quote.
      Thanks for sharing

      January 14, 2011
  4. […] I have just read a couple of entries from the days following the tragedy in Arizona – the reflection, the words and the hope of the mankind as we work together in our communities to overcome these kinds of situations. These two posts come at a time of year when we all reflect on our goals for the new year and our work with our colleagues and students. We take time to reflect and once again, affirm the reasons why we are educators. I particularly enjoyed the reminders given by Akevy Greenblatt around things that are important to us and also around how privileged we are to have the ability each day to make the difference in the life of a child. The post is titled: What Really Matters. […]

    January 15, 2011

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