Saturday, September 14, 2013

Marathon Not A Sprint

Most people know I have a passion for running, and as you read the title you may think this will be about running, but it really is not.  This week's focus is about Keeping the End in Mind and remembering it is all about the process.

As each school year begins teachers focus on building strong classroom communities.  I really enjoy walking through the building and watching team building exercises and mini-projects taking place. These activities have a true purpose.  

There is another activity that is being widely used early in the school year.  Teachers are having crucial conversations with students.  The ability to meet one-on-one and figure out student interests, motivating factors and hopes is invaluable.

The third activity that is highly prevalent early in the school year is teachers discovering how students learn best.  I enjoy walking into classrooms and seeing students building, watching, listening and doing.  This is powerful data for teachers.  Think about this, when a teacher understands a student's learning style, motivating factors, interests, hopes and has a safe community established the possibilities are endless.

It can be easy to focus on struggles as the year begins.  Maybe you haven't established the routines and procedures the way you envisioned.  Maybe you don't have all of your tools correctly working.  I urge you to look with the end in mind.  Check out +Pernille Ripp classroom vision video.

I often try to remind others that the process is the key.  Society is results driven, but I truly believe it is all about the process.  What you do on a daily basis is what really matters.  

We are in the beginning of our Leader in Me journey.  As I reacquaint myself with the 7 Habits, I look no further this week than Habit Two, Begin With The End In Mind.  Are you doing things today that will make the year as a whole better?

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” 
― Stephen R. Covey

We live in a busy time.  Everyone is busy. Everyone wants immediate gratification. Everyone wants instant results.  We are all smart enough to know that patience is a virtue.  This coming week I challenge you to Keep The End In Mind, be Patient and discover those key details with your students that will make the difference all year long.

This week's big question: Are you able to see that being patient with the process will lead to a positive outcome in the end?

Next Week At A Glance:

Monday, Sept. 16th:  RTI meeting at the JCISD
Tuesday, Sept. 17th:  RTI meeting at the JCISD
Tuesday, Sept. 17th:  5:30-6:30 Grades K, 1, and 2 have Curriculum Night
Wednesday, Sept. 18th:  Grades 3, 4 and 5 assembly at 8:45
Wednesday, Sept. 18th:  5th Grade Camp Parent Orientation at 6:30pm in WCAC
Thursday, Sept. 19th:  Tornado drill in the PM

Articles Worth Reading:

10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching  by +TeachThought @TeachThought

The Research behind Genius Hour (20% time) by +A.J. Juliani @ajjuliani

Leap of Faith by +Joe Mazza @Joe_Mazza

Paper Blogs, a lesson in commenting on student blogs  by +Pernille Ripp  @pernilleripp

Why I love Social Media... by +Amber Teamann @8Amber8

I'm not a tech expert by +Jessica Johnson @PrincipalJ

How To Trust Your Students shared by +William Powers @MrPowersCMS

5 Creative Apps to Connect with Parents by +Erin Klein @KleinErin

What Inspires Me by Rodger Wilming shared by +Jimmy Casas @casas_jimmy

What Does A Quality Teacher Mean? shared by +Eric Sheninger @NMHS_Principal

Why I hated my daughter's 1st grade teacher... by Kylene Beers

10 Things Happy Couples Do Differently by +Marc Chernoff @marcandangel

Videos Worth Watching:

Pep Talk to Teachers and Students! (4 min)

Awesome Story about a young Michigan boy!  Classy Russell Wilson, Classy! (7 min)

The World Becomes... (17 min) Interesting...

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