Tonette Kelly

Life Is For Living and Learning

How Do You Measure The Value Of A Teacher?


I was speaking with a child today (aged 16) and she was telling me how at her school the Headmaster has a system where the teacher’s pay is linked to performance in O Levels and A Levels.

She told me that to her a Teacher’s pay should be linked to the positive effect they have on the student’s life.

My client was having problems at home and this had caused her to lose focus on her school work.

She was way behind with Maths and constantly in trouble, She felt she couldn’t catch up and her self-confidence was down.

My client felt it was all too much and wanted to ‘drop out of school’.

A Teacher she had had for 2 years took the time to ask her one lunch-time what the problem was.

She told him and he explained to her that rather than drop out of school and be destined to a life of poor salaries and struggle, she could simply drop maths.

The child did not have parents who discussed education options with her and this simple advice made a world of difference.

She took the Teachers’s advice and 2 months later she is back on track at school.

I wonder how you measure this type of value that a great  Teacher adds to a child’s life.

Tonette Kelly






September 10, 2012 Posted by | Children, Life, School | , , , , | Leave a comment

Help Your Children Build Great Habits. Habit 3 – Put First Things First.

Sean Covey teaches us that our habits make or break our lives.

 It is essential that we teach our children good habits if we want them to be happy and productive.

He focuses on seven essential habits. We have already looked at Habits No. 1 and 2.

Today we will look at Habit No. 3 – Put First Things First.

We have to teach our children that time is valuable and to make good use of it.

They need to learn to distinguish between what is important and really matters, what is urgent and demands immediate attention and what can wait.

If your child gets an Assignment and leaves it until the night before to do, don’t let their bad time management become your problem.

Calmly tell your child that they should have done it earlier and allow them to take the consequences.

This should teach them a lesson.

At the beginning of each work it is a good idea to spend some time sitting with your child and asking them to show you their work plan for the week and their Homework Program for the semester.

Together you can then work on time management.

It is not your job to save your child from consequences. It is your job to teach your child that there are consequences and that they should factor these in to the decisions they make. 

Tonette Kelly

August 22, 2012 Posted by | Children, Life, School | , , | Leave a comment