A while back, I spent a wonderful weekend in Saginaw, Michigan, with some really great…
Tip of the Week
Tip: Remember there are 3 Honor Rolls!
Can you remember back to when you were going to school? I believe there was always an opportunity for you to be on the Honor Roll, which was an academic recognition for having good grades. I can remember that there was one for those students who scored all A’s and one for those who scored A’s and B’s. If you got on either list, you were doing really well.
The Honor Roll had to do with your performance in school and was based on grades. Still today, when we hear someone talk about being on the Honor Roll or Dean’s List, we know they have a good grade point average and are in the top percentage of students. To make the list and be recognized, students must study hard, pass tests and do well on projects and other related classroom activities.
Years ago when I was a school principal, I noticed something that bothered me. We only had one Honor Roll and that was the academic one. Yet, there were other desirable qualities in students that we had no way of recognizing. So, I soon created a Conduct Honor Roll that recognized a student’s good behavior in the classroom. Students who were obedient and cooperative were recognized each grading period by having their name listed on the Conduct Honor Roll.
Not long afterwards, I realized that there was one more quality that needed to be recognized as well: attitude. Some students had a very poor attitude and sour outlook on life. Therefore, after several weeks of observation, I announced to my faculty and staff that I was instituting another means of recognition, the Attitude Honor Roll. The students who made this list would need to be positive, encouraging and pleasant.
What I had observed was that some students might make good grades, but not necessarily have good conduct or a pleasant attitude. Others were not necessarily academically inclined, but conducted themselves respectfully by obeying and cooperating with their teachers. Still others were agreeable, fun to be around, and had great attitudes, but may not have good conduct in the classroom or make good grades. Not everyone was on all three Honor Rolls. And, while each of the three lists measured something different, each was equally important.
After these three Honor Rolls were instituted and we began to also show recognition for good conduct and a great attitude, the faculty and I began to notice something amazing; students’ grades began to improve! I remember one student in particular who always had a good attitude yet sometimes his conduct got out of control. His name was Raymond. He was the happiest kid I ever saw, but he was always getting into trouble and his grades suffered every grading period. When we recognized him for having a good attitude, it wasn’t long before his conduct changed and his grades improved as well.
Wherever you work and whatever you do in life, do you realize that these three Honor Rolls are still available for you today? The Academic Honor Roll has to do with you knowing what you are doing on your job. Do you know how to perform well and excel in your work? Your Conduct Honor Roll has to do with how well you behave and whether or not you are respectful towards other people, are on time for work, and have a good work ethic. And then, the third Honor Roll measures your daily attitude. That old cliché is still true: “It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude in life.” You show me a person with a good attitude and I will show you someone who is going to excel in just about everything that they do. Your attitude boils down to speaking positive words from your lips, having a smile on your face, and being gentle and kind towards people that you meet every day. There’s nothing more powerful than that!
There you have it – the three Honor Rolls. They were important in school and they are still important in your life today. I hope you will seek to be on all three, not only this coming week and year, but for the rest of your life as well!
Tip: Remember there are 3 Honor Rolls!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm