Teachers can make all of the difference! I share the poem below with my students. It was shared with me at an NSF grant meeting in Washington, D. C. about 15 years ago. We need to make sure that our students are given the confidence to succeed. How do you show your students that you believe in them? How do you encourage your students?
If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win, but you think you can't,
It is almost certain you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will.
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But soon or late the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can (Wintle, n.d., p. 1)