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Leave a Mark!

Teachers and school counselors interact with their students daily, class after class, year after year, impacting many children. That’s an extraordinary opportunity to mold young lives and build self-esteem—to leave positive marks! In this short but powerful book, authors Connie Johnson and Rufus Stephens offer eight clear ways to help educators provide this positive influence. Offering visibility, accountability, and belonging in the classroom are three of the “marks” discussed. Case stories and life experiences are shared to remind that marks left can be good or not so good and both will be remembered, so make sure the marks you leave are positive!

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About the Book

Educators can make possibilities become realities!

Give your students visibility, accountability, empowerment, safety, and MORE!

The Questions:Educators impact lives daily, mold thoughts, and discover talents in children. They unlock doors to the world when they can “reach” a child. Here are 8 ways teachers, school counselors, and parents can leave positive, productive “marks”—often remembered for a lifetime—on students and children. Impacts like the warmth of visibility and the power of safety help children strive and thrive. Teaching accountability and how to listen can empower children. Demonstrating belonging and caring can teach children to do the same with others.

Personal and classroom experiences shared by the authors encourage, remind, and recognize the influence teachers have with their students and demonstrate both good “marks” and not-so-good “marks.” The authors give reflection questions at the end of each chapter to help readers prepare to leave their own good marks!

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About the Author.

“Rufus has a way with audiences… that energizes and encourages at the same time.”

- Wendy Gates-Corbett, Trainer and Speaker


ER Brown

Thanks for the Reminder of What Is of Value

"What a great way to honor your mother and your entire family. I really enjoyed reading this book. It helped me to recall the many things my parents taught me and my siblings as well. Thanks for reminding us of what is really valuable. So worth the time and the money."


Stetson Saunders

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In all of my reading, I don't believe I have ever put a book down and thought, "I want to be exactly like the main character!" Life Lessons from Miss Mattie changed that.


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