As long as I can remember these words “Be kind and do your best” have been on my syllabi and before that class rules for my elementary and middle school music classrooms. I told my little ones that those words covered all of the situations we might find in our classroom. For example, do you share keyboard time with your partner? Do you talk to others and cause them to miss instruction on how to play guitar? Do you drop trash knowing that someone else will take the time to pick it up? Be kind and do your best.
As my college students and I face challenges of time, resources, or commitment, I think these words still ring true. If I am doing my best I will commit more time to this project for a better result and to learn more thoroughly. If I share my skills and smiles with others I am trying to be kind.