At the beginning of the school year we took a long, hard look at ourselves, at our actions, and at our interactions with students, parents and colleagues. We made a commitment to staying above the line and being ELITE. We made a commitment to respect one another enough to hold each other accountable for being ELITE.
We analyzed what we do well, what we believe in and determined what else we needed to do to be great…to be ELITE. On Thursday, I participated in R Factor training with Tim Kight. I think I wrote down every word he said, I’ll be sharing my reflections of this training in the weeks to come. As Tim spoke about culture he said that we “build a culture either by default or by what we do on purpose.”
Let’s be purposeful. I don’t want a “default culture” and I know you don’t either.
Remember, back in September we made a purposeful decision to build relationships with children, parents and staff. We made a purposeful decision to work on these relationships because we believe that in doing so our culture will be positively impacted.
Here’s a reminder of what we committed to:
At J.W. Reason we will build positive relationships with:
Learn names of everyone in an attempt to really get to know them
-Safety Partol (new name-Student Ambassadors) will
address kids by name
-when passing children in hall, if you don’t know their name,
-Make a personal connection-ask how their day is going.
Now, it’s October and trust me, I know it’s easy to get caught in the minutia, it’s easy to forget about how excited we were to work on our building’s culture and how excited we were to push ourselves to be ELITE. This is the perfect time to check the pulse.
Tim Kight reminded me that:
WE HAVE TO BEHAVE IN A WAY THAT WILL CREATE THE OUTCOME WE WANT!
Ask yourself these questions in relation to our desired outcome:
What have I done on purpose?
How have I behaved?
Have I put focused energy into building positive relationships?
Each moment we have with kids is a chance to build these relationships.
Let’s not waste our moments.
Here is the link to your Staff Update for October 9th.