Let’s start the today with a quiz:
- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
- Name the last three Heisman trophy winners.
- Name the last three winners of the Miss America pageant.
- Name five people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
- Name the last five Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
- Name the last four World Series winners.
How did you do? My guess is that you had trouble answering these questions. That’s okay. People generally don’t remember the headliners of yesterday, even though these are not second-rate achievers. Awards tarnish, achievements are forgotten, and accolades are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz:
- List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
- Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
- Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
- Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
- Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Did you find this to be easier? Probably so. The people who make a difference in your life are not those with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most and translate their caring into action. I encourage you to be that person – the one who cares the most – for each student in your classroom. In doing so, you’ll be helping someone and creating a special bond that will be enduring.