It's been an amazing year. We all worked so hard for kids each and every day! Thank you for all that you've done this year.
Enjoy this very short video that perfectly captures how tired we all are!
Here is your staff update for May 26th!
Throughout this school year, we’ve been on a journey to ELITE. We strive to be ELITE everyday. Sometimes we don’t win the moment, but we shake it off and try to win the next and then the next. In his book, Make Your Mark, Coyte Cooper writes about the power of not letting the day of the week dictate your pace. Cooper explains that “high performers who are passionate about their vision never allow the day of the week dictate what they are able to accomplish”. (pg. 267)
As I reflect on Cooper’s words it makes me think about the importance of these last days of the school year. If we’re truly on a journey to ELITE, we won’t let the time of the year or the day of the week dictate our pace. We will make the most of each moment we have together. We will ensure that our purpose and intention remains high for each moment we are with our students.
At this time of the year it’s easy to hold back, slack off a little and let our guard down. But, where does that get us? Is this really who we are and who we want to be?
There are five days left.
Five more days to impact students.
Five more days to positively interact with staff members, parents and children.
Five more days to grow and step out of your comfort zone.
How are you going to spend these days? Will you spend them counting down the days until summer or will you continue your journey to ELITE? Will you let the time of the year or the day of the week dictate your pace? You’ve been given the gift of each day, so why waste it?
Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I shall be remembered. –Dr. Seuss
Here is your staff update for May 19th.
I recently finished Dr. Coyte Cooper’s book Make Your Mark. I’ve never read a book that caused me to reflect more on my own choices, my own thoughts and my own goals and dreams. I’ve also never read a book that motivated me more to take steps to improve my life.
Over the past few weeks, I was lucky enough to get to work with Coyte to plan the discussion questions for #ohedchat on Twitter. As I poured back over my notes and favorite quotes from the book to prepare, I was reminded that living your best life is something that everyone hopes for, but it’s rarely something that we take intentional steps to do. A great life doesn’t happen by chance.
This week I hope that you take the time to read the quotes that Coyte and I chose as our favorites. Reflect on the questions and think about what steps you can take to live your best life.
“If you allow not knowing to stop you, then you have no chance of ever achieving extraordinary things that impact the world.”
In what ways have you allowed uncertainty to stop you in the past? How will you change this moving forward?
“The reality is that if you start small, you are probably going to go small. People’s failure to think big enough usually means they will never act big enough…”
What big ideas do you have? Share them. Are you ready to think big?
“When something is important to you, it will show in the amount of energy you put towards making it remarkable.”
What specific things (2-3) are you committed to making truly remarkable in your life moving forward?
“Double your rate of failure…you can be discouraged from failure or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes.”
What are some of the best mistakes that you’ve made and what have you learned from them?
“When we spend all our time pleasing others, we rob ourselves of the ability to live our best life & end up feeling unsatisfied.”
How can always striving to please others have a negative impact on your life?
“You don’t have to be great to started, but you have to get started to be great.”
What is one thing that you can take action on today that will help you build the momentum you need to live your best life?
“It makes sense to create a vision board that include pictures, quotes and words that capture your dreams effectively.”
What pictures, quotes, words are on your vision board?
“Today I shall behave as if this is the day I want to be remembered.” –Dr. Seuss
How do you want to be remembered?
On our journey to ELITE we must take time to focus on ourselves, our growth and our goals. We must move through each day with intention and purpose as we strive to live our best life.
MAKE TODAY YOUR BEST DAY!
Here is your staff update for May 12th.
The school year is winding down and will soon be a memory. As educators we have a unique opportunity to positively (or negatively) impact the lives of hundreds, and for some of us thousands, of students over the course of our careers. We have the privilege of getting to be part of their story. This privilege cannot be taken lightly.
The funny thing about our moments is that we often don’t recognize the life changing or life shaping ones until they’ve passed. Our moments with our students are running short and will soon become memories. We only have a few more days to make a difference. Let’s make the best of the time we have left with our students, because it’s likely that we will be a part of the memories that they will carry with them for a lifetime.
Here is your staff update for May 5, 2017.