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5 Simple Life Lessons Every Student Should Learn

Every year, I teach incredible students.  Some inspire me to be better, while others teach me lessons I never realized I needed to learn.  Some students challenge me, while others truly test my patience.  However, with each student that enters my classroom, I have found that they all have at least one thing in common… POTENTIAL.


Whether you have been in the classroom for many years, or even just a few, you probably already have been impacted deeply by the students you have come across.  You have most likely seen the outstanding potential that they possess and possibly even attempted to guide them along the way.

The truth is, no matter how well we prepare them in our subject matter, some lessons we teach will last longer and have more impact than others.  The life lessons we instill in our students are the ones that will help them reach their potential and succeed no matter what they do in the future. 

An Impactful Life Lesson

When I was a freshman in college, I felt like I knew everything and that the world was my oyster.  I only attended lectures where I knew the material would be on the test and only paid attention to things I knew I would later be responsible for in the short term. Many of us have students in our classes that are like this.  They only care about what they need to know to get the “A.”  In the short term this can work, but what about the “lessons” they missed due to not truly “paying attention”

It wasn’t until I met my college baseball coach that my mindset began to change. 

After the first day of practice he ended with just a few words, however those words literally left me with a life lesson I remember to this day. 

His words were, “Be A Sponge.”

That was it.  Simple, to the point, and very clear on what he meant.

He was teaching us that sometimes the most important lessons we learn are the ones we never expect.  If we don’t take the time to soak in everything, take advantage of every opportunity, like a sponge, we may end up missing the most important lessons of our lives.

5 “Life Lessons” Every Student Should Learn

1. Be a Sponge

“Soak” in every thing you can while in class and outside of class.  Take advantage of your education and your opportunities in life.  Knowledge comes in many forms and if you don’t pay close attention, you may just miss out in the end.

2. Success Requires Hard Work

If you want to be successful you will have to work… hard.  Just because life doesn’t seem fair, it doesn’t mean you quit.  If you persevere and work hard you can accomplish things you never thought possible.

3. Kindness and Respect can go a long way

When you are kind and respectful you are remembered.  Little acts of kindness for people less fortunate than you will pay dividends in more ways than you think.  Showing respect to people will not only help you earn respect yourself, but will also help lead you on the path to success.

4. It’s not all about you

There is nothing more annoying than hearing someone talk about themselves and their accomplishments endlessly. Remember that you are not the epicenter of the universe. Take time to care about other people.   Learn to listen more than you speak and it will help you to keep things in perspective.

5. Your words matter    

Consider your words carefully. Use them for good rather than harm. It is very difficult to take back the things you say to people.  Be wise in what you say and take the time to think before you speak, especially when you are frustrated or angry.  Saying the wrong thing without thinking can bring about unwanted consequences.

 As teachers, we have the opportunity and privilege to impact students in remarkable ways.  Even when we don’t realize it, they are always watching our actions and listening to our words.

The life lessons you teach them, beyond what they learn in the classroom, are the ones that will be forever imprinted in their minds and are the ones that are never forgotten.

[shareable cite=”Chuck Poole”]The life lessons we instill in our students are the ones that will help them reach their potential.[/shareable]

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