Manakau School

MIndful of my words - Deb's Desk

Posted on 31 July 2017

The proverb I’ve shared to the right has sat in my space for many years, particularly as a parent.  I remember making a comment about my children being great at Reading and Writing and not so good at Maths.  I went on to say they probably got the lack of Maths understanding from me.  It was like a self fulfilling prophecy…it was only in Secondary School when I was less involved in their day to day school life that they really started to enjoy Maths. 

On the recent Teachers Only Day we had a focus on thinking, and the proverb was shared with us again.  The teaching staff and I were learning about thinking…creative and critical…we were thinking about how children learn, and how we ensure we are preparing our students for unknown futures.  It all made me think about the components of our developing Manakau Curriculum Document (see attached), the importance of providing many learning opportunities for all of our children and the power of our words.

 This excerpt from a blog by Robert C. Jameson

” What we think often comes out of our mouth and into someone else’s ears. Our words impact how we feel about ourselves and they can impact how others think and feel. Words are symbols that communicate what’s going on inside our heads to ourselves and others. We share our fears, our sorrow, our joy, our love and our dreams with our words.

Our words create action. Our words can create intimacy or separation. With our words we can motivate ourselves to do things we never thought we could do, and our words can also move others to step forward into their own personal power so they can be of service to their community. Words can calm us or excite us. Words can actually change the direction of a nation. So watch what you think and be aware of the words that come from your thoughts, and the actions that follow your words.”

Sharing my thinking,



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