Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Glass Half Full

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. In my heart, I know I appreciate our teachers everyday, but I do like these kinds of special recognition times because they tend to “force” me to think about things a little deeper. So, when I was thinking of a teacher I’ve had in the past who has made an impact on me, I thought of my 4th grade elementary school teacher. The thing I remember was what she taught us one particular day. The lesson I fondly remember, and treasure to this day, was about the way we look at things, our “outlook”. My teacher explained the expression “glass half full or half empty”. When you see a glass of water that is filled halfway, do you think it is half empty or half full? She told us to think about it. Then she explained that when we see the glass as half full we have an optimistic outlook vs. half empty we have a pessimistic outlook. I remember I felt proud because I thought the glass was half full. From that point on, it is something that has been ingrained in my mind.

Something else about this story that I fondly remember was being at my dad’s restaurant later that day. I was sitting at the counter on a stool and asked my dad to fill a glass of water half way. I wanted to give my dad the test. I asked him if he thought the glass was half full or empty. He answered, “half empty”. Right when he said that, I remember feeling the immediate need to explain to him why it’s important to think of the glass as half full instead. He smiled at me and said, "OK". It was so cool to me that I taught my dad something that was meaningful to me.

This little lesson from elementary school is one that to this day, I cherish and remember. To me, it’s just another confirmation that the impact that teachers have on their students is great. We as teachers have opportunities to inspire our students and make a difference for them. Some of the lessons in the classroom that are meaningful to students may not be covered in standards and assessments, but they still signify a lot. Things that we say to our students matter. How we make them feel matters. It all counts. What we do as teachers has an effect, and it may not be apparent today, but the effect is there.

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.”~Author Unknown


  1. Maria your positive energy and spirit can be felt all over. I only tweet with you and we share blogs and I can feel it. What you give to those around you is so important. You give those around you permission to smile back at themselves. This post is so "you" and that's what makes it wonderful. Have a great week and continue to spread joy as you always do.

    1. Jon,
      Thank you for your kind words.They mean so much coming from someone like you! Your blog is one that I treasure and learn so much from, all the time. I'm so happy we've connected! I believe that we can make an impact in so many different ways, sometimes without even knowing it. We have the chance to make differences, and I think that's pretty powerful. I so appreciate you reading my post. If I can encourage the heart in any way, I'll definitely try. :)

  2. Maria, you are one of those people who impacts others! Before I met you, I had heard many amazing and wonderful things about you. I found out they were all true and then some! I enjoyed working together. It was such fun! Thank you for the difference you've made in my life through your positive words and kindness!

    1. You always bring a smile to my face, my Faye! I've learned (and continue to learn) so much from you. You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your kind words. I'm better because of you!