Make your students ESSENTIAL. Today’s thought goes right back to day 11 when I suggested that you take the time to NOTICE each child. Notice them for something they do well. Once you have found a strength in each child, put that strength to use. Make their strength (them) ESSENTIAL. Create a job or task centered on their strength. Make their valuable skills and strengths the pieces that make your classroom work. Your students strengths will become ESSENTIAL to the success of the class. What a great way to build self-confidence and to let each child know they MATTER!!!!!