School perseverance or those gestures that change everything

There are these little gestures, these little attentions, these little words that make all the difference. A handshake, a smile, a bravo or a thank you, it is often said that it is in the little things that happiness is hidden.

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There are these little gestures, these little attentions, these little words that make all the difference. A look, a smile, a bravo or a thank you, it is often said that it is in the little things that happiness is found. And happiness is what motivates. And motivation is what allows you to continue, to persevere. To get up in the morning and want to go to school. To learn, share, reflect, create, collaborate, solve, progress, love ...

Students all have a trigger in their quest for success and it is often a meaningful adult for them who finds himself making a difference in their journey. I am sure that, like me, you will remember this teacher, this educator or this trainer who marked you with his patience, his anecdotes, his dynamism, his smile, his advice, his benevolence, his rigor, his warmth, his good humor. In his own way, he was able to make a positive mark in your life, imbue you with a little something of him, and give you the desire to persevere.

School perseverance is therefore the story of adults who make the difference in the lives of students, but it is also the story of students who do not give up, who walk with their heads held high even in the classroom. adversity and who go to great lengths to achieve their goals.

In this week of school perseverance 2019, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you to all these people who dot the path of young and old with these small gestures, these little attentions, these little words which give them the strength to follow their dreams to the end. Thank you also to all the students who shine with their dedication, their desire for change, their commitment, their perseverance. Tomorrow is in good hands ...

I leave you on a video made by Montreal Success Network which particularly touches me. It was shot in elementary school where I flourished as a teacher and where people made a difference in my professional success. Like me, you will fall in love with the students of Lévis-Sauvé who show us all their sensitivity and all the happiness they have in experiencing successes day after day. It is also in this school that school perseverance week has taken off this year with the visit of the Minister of Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, the Mayor of Montreal, Ms. Valérie Plante and the professional football player, doctor and spokesperson for this event, Mr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif .

Have a good week of perseverance in school to each of you and do not hesitate to share the small or large gestures that have made a difference in your success by using the #JPS2019 on Twitter.

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About the Author

Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme is an educational advisor and project manager at École branchée. He is also editor-in-chief of the SCOOP! Educational guides. He has a bachelor's degree in preschool education and elementary education from the University of Sherbrooke and is pursuing a graduate degree in school management at Laval University. He transmits his passion for digital education and innovative practices through CréaCamps, conferences and workshops throughout the French-speaking world.

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