This scenario happens to fit me as well. I used to repeat things over and over until I felt as though I mastered it. As I got older, time was of the essence and once I got it, I moved on. I believe this happens to most of us.
When I was in college I was introduced to Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I enjoyed the book and I agreed with most of what was presented. I remember reading some of the habits over and over. In many ways I lived the habits without really knowing it. After reading the book I was more cognizant of some of my choices and decisions.
All of the habits are important, Stephen Covey nailed it! As most things go habits change. Over time, my approach to the 7 Habits morphed, I tried to have all situations be Win-Win, I was losing touch with what Stephen Covey was teaching. In almost every challenge I faced, I tried to have a Win-Win scenario. As you all know this is tough. Not all situations can be Win-Win. I recently got the book back out and re-read Habit Four.
Think Win-Win is an attitude: 1) Have Integrity, be true to your values 2) Have Maturity, express your feelings with courage and consideration for others 3) Have an Abundance Mentality
Stephen Covey doesn't come out and say every situation will have a Win-Win solution. He empowers and educates people with a mindset. I needed to open the book back up and re-teach myself.
I believe Stephen Covey sums up Habit Four best by stating:
"To go for win-win, you not only have to be empathic, but you also have to be confident. You not only have to be considerate and sensitive, you also have to be brave. To do that--to achieve that balance between courage and consideration--is the essence of real maturity and is fundamental to win-win."
I, like most, benefit from gentle reminders and revisiting past materials. I guess you could say it "jogs" my memory. I focus on this topic for three reasons this week.
Reason #1 Have you ever read a book that helped shape you as a person or teacher? I believe I can confidently say most of us have. When was the last time you revisited that book?
Reason #2 When you think about resolving an issue, do you display the characteristics of a "Think Win-Win" mentality? It takes courage to follow your values.
Reason #3 Have you read Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?
The 7 Habits helped shape me as a person and as an educator, over time the 7 habits weren't as crystal clear as I needed them to be. I benefited from getting back to my roots. Could you benefit from revisiting a book that shaped you?
MOST COMMON BOOKS EDUCATORS READ:
The First Days of School by Harry Wong
The Courage To Teach
Why Didn't I Learn This In College
Teach Like Your Hairs On Fire
Power Of Positive Thinking
Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, May 13th: SMILE program will be at Warner
Tuesday, May 14th: Panther Pride Luncheon
Tuesday, May 14th: Happy BDay to Miss Hinkley
Tuesday, May 14th: Western School Board Meeting 6:30pm
Tuesday, May 14th: Final String Team practice
Wednesday, May 15th: Assembly Grades K-2
Wednesday, May 15th: PM Drill
Wednesday, May 15th: String Team Performance at the JSO 6pm
Thursday, May 16th: After School Art Club
Thursday, May 16th 7pm Last PTO meeting of the year
Articles Worth Reading:
25 Twitter Tips for Parents, Teachers and Students by @ijukes
Photo Poems, cool PBL approach by @ijukes
3 Great Ways Teachers Can Create An Online Identity For Their Class by @FractusLearning
The Future Of Tablets in Education shared by @NMHS_Principal
People Do Not Fail In Life Because They Aim Too High And Miss by @gcouros
Prettier Charts Can Be Harder For Students To Read shared by @8Amber8
Standard Based Report Card Book shared by @twhitford
5 Tips for Teaching Close Reading shared by @Cantiague_Lead
The Story of Two Terrific Teachers shared by @PrincipalJ
8 Things It's OK To Do At The End Of The School Year shared by @stumpteacher
What is Possible? by @DaisyDyerDuerr
I See London, I See France by @ShutUpRun
9 Ways To Find Peace Of Mind In Tough Times by @marcandangel
Date a Girl Who Teaches shared by @studiobree
Videos Worth Watching:
Every Kid Needs a Champion! Inspiring! (7 min)
The "Art of Asking" (13 min)
The Amazing Chase! I think this is nuts! (7 min)
The Art of Looking Busy! I love this! (1 min)