Classroom Management tip: what if it’s not perfect?

If you haven’t noticed, I love flowers. I could keep writing about flowers that I’ve found around my coastal home or in my garden (Thanks to my gardening friend for encouraging me to grow them this year!). My computer is full of photographs of them.

This sunflower reminds me of fall.


Flowers from a florist are perfect. They are at the peak of their beauty. Artists draw them, and photographers are quick to capture stunning pictures of them. Many special events are incomplete without them. Sometimes I get tired of the carefully planned images and arrangements. Perfection is overrated and almost impossible to maintain.

Blue vases with yellow flowers are my favorite.


But what about all the other flowers? Are they still beautiful? Do they still have something to offer? Should they be thrown in the garbage because no one would buy them? I don’t think so!

During the late summer the naked ladies bloom in our yard.


The other day I was walking down the street looking at the scabiosas that grow along the road. They are in various stages of their cycle.

What happened to the rest of this?
The bee is hungry.
This one looks sort of like a brain.
The detail of this scabiosa is remarkable.


In May, I went outside for a walk every day because I was sick of sitting at my computer. I started taking pictures of this daisy-like bush. Each stage is a picture of beauty, even though they are not what you’d expect.

It rained the night before. Leaving the petals wet and drippy.
A few months later.

These flowers are fascinating and beautiful in a different way. Even the dead brown ones are worth looking at and studying.
This school year is like these unwanted flowers. I won’t make list of the negative things that have happened so far. We have to pause and find what makes each part worthwhile. What makes each moment unique, and what brings hope?

What is this school year offering you? What beauty can you find in the brokenness of 2020?


Maybe it’s your students…

This Shasta daisy has seen better days but something about it is still eye-catching.


…or your teammates…

My huge sunflower is the first flower that bloomed in our garden.

…or the extra time you’ve gotten to spend with your family…

It’s surprising that this zinnia even bloomed. Almost the entire plant was eaten by a slug.

…or the long walks you’ve taken outside.

A sunflower that never opened. I check every day and it still looks like this.

The list goes on…

A pink zinnia!

And what does this have to do with classroom management? Our perspectives have everything to do with our classrooms and students! We want the next generation to see teachers doing their absolute best, even if given imperfect flowers. Students need teachers to be on the constant lookout for a small rays of hope.

The Lily of the Nile Agapanthus had a super bloom in Montara a few weeks ago.

Next time you encounter something that isn’t perfect, stop and look before you judge. Ponder the positive instead of the negative and pass it on to your students, family, and friends.


What have you found that is beautiful this year? How do you convey it to your students? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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See you soon!

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