Today I was looking through my twitter feed and came across these pics and I thought they were very relevant so I thought I’d share.
Leave a comment and let me know what your thoughts are.
Have you ever gotten frustrated? I know, that’s a dumb question because we all have. I guess the better question is How do you deal with Frustration? Do you keep on doing the same thing hoping it will get better or change or do you do something different?
We (teachers, administrators, parents, students) all get frustrated from time to time … this is a given. How we deal with this frustration determines if we will end up being successful or not. We can blame others or we can look at ourselves and our actions. We can’t control what someone else does … we can only control our what we do.
So here’s the challenge to myself — look at what I can do differently to get the results I want.
It’s really that simple.
Originally posted on THE BRAHMA BLOG:
I have had several teachers talk to me about flipping their classes. In the course of some of these conversations, some have expressed apprehension about it but still was very interested in the possibilities. This apprehension is pretty common … it’s called the Fear of the Unknown.
So how do you overcome this fear? This is a relativity simple answer — just jump right in and do it! Take a chance! Go for it!
Here are two videos (each is less than 5 minutes long) to get you started on the path to flipping your classes. After you check them out, please let me know your thoughts either by leaving a comment at the end of this blog post or just come by my office and visit with me about it.
I’ve been off from work/school going on two weeks now. (It’s great getting two weeks off every year for Christmas and New year’s !!!) I’ve been really thinking a lot about writing a new post for this blog for a while, even before Christmas Break. I’ve had a few ideas, but I really never just sat down and took the time to actually put the words down. I have been reading tweets everyday and stalking around on Instagram. I’ve been going back over some of my older posts in this blog. I’ve been staying up late at night and sleeping in late in the mornings. I’ve been watching a lot of good football games. I went to ATT Stadium in Arlington and watch some great Texas High School Football State Championship games. I watched some great College football bowl games too. And for what it’s worth, I am glad to finally see a college football playoff format that the National Champion will be determined on the field rather than from computer rankings.
I’ve been doing a lot of different things but nothing really productive.
Just the other day was January 1, 2015. I read a lot about resolutions, etc. from many people. But I didn’t make one. I wanted to. I actually thought of many different things I am going to do differently this year, but I still didn’t make a resolution.
This morning I was sitting on my couch watching East Carolina and Florida play in The Birmingham Bowl. (I still can’t get over some of the bowl games that are played AFTER the major bowl games!!) As I was watching this game I was creating a “Back to School’ post on my school blog called Preparations for the Second Semester. Within this post, I posed the question: If you could choose one word that describes what you want to do in 2015, what would that word be? I asked my faculty and staff to email or text me their One Word.
Then tonight as I was going through my twitter feed, and came across a tweet from Tia Henriksen, a K-7 Principal from Langley, BC. (You can follow her on twitter @TiaHenriksen). In this tweet was the following video and it really says it all. There’s nothing else I need to add to it.
It’s funny how some things happen. This video goes right along with my question I asked my faculty and staff this morning.
I saved it to my Pocket account and now I want to share it with you. I hope you enjoy.
By the way, my One Word for 2015 is FOCUS.
What’s yours? Please leave a comment and share.
Throughout life we all face tough times. Some people have tougher times than others. Everybody has issues. You can face them or you can give up. It’s a choice!
You never know what someone is going through or has gone through. Other people don’t always know what you are going through either.
It’s called ADVERSITY. How you handle it will define who you are.
In this video, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell gives a very motivational, and inspirational speech to the Alabama Crimson Tide football team where he recounts the events that were made into the movie “Lone Survivor”, and then he relates it to playing football. (Mark Wahlberg played Marcus Luttrell in the movie). Click here to see the video.
I would encourage each of us to really think about the adversity we all face. Remember that quitting is not an option. The mission is still on. Put in the work. Draw a line. Don’t stop.
My dad passed away this week, and even though it was a tough time for me, there is a lot I can take away from it. Whether it is a sudden loss, or as in my dad’s case, the result of a lengthy illness, death is never an easy thing to deal with. People deal with death in different ways, and one way is not better than the other. The way I deal with it is not any better or worse than how someone else deals with it. It’s just different. It just depends on the person.
This week has been filled with memories, some good and some bad. This week has also been filled with much more. I have seen the good in a lot of people, and it’s refreshing to know that their is still a lot of good in this world. In a world with so much negativity, more times than not, that’s all we see and hear. But throughout this week, I have witnessed so much good in people and I am so thankful and grateful that words can not express my true feelings.
I have also learned a lot this week …
I learned that life is short. Sure, this is something that I’ve heard many times before, but I’ve never thought much about it until now. You never know when you are going to get sick or have an accident, so make the best of every day.
I learned that I need to let go of some ill feelings and let go of some of the grudges I have. It doesn’t do any good any way to hold on to all the negative feelings. This is hard for me to do, but I am going to work on it.
I learned that friends you make when you are young and in school are friends that you can have for a lifetime. Many of my dad’s classmates came to his funeral, and they had stories and memories that were as clear and vivid now as they were 52 years earlier when they graduated. And as I think back to my classmates when I was in school, we were close back then and have a lot of memories, but we don’t stay in touch like we should. I am going to make it a point to be better at keeping in contact and communicating more with my classmates.
I learned that I am doing somewhat right in the way I choose to treat people. I want to treat people the way I would like to be treated even though sometimes its hard. Today there were several of my teachers and people I work with from my current school and and some teachers from my previous school attend my dad’s funeral. There were also many people from my church attend. They didn’t know him at all, but they chose to come because of me and my family. They didn’t have to but they did, and I am truly grateful!
I learned that there are students today who are great kids (no matter what some people say about today’s teenagers). Several students came to the funeral. It was heartwarming seeing a teenager show up for something like this when I know they would really rather be doing something more fun than attending a funeral. I had one student come up to me in the hall this week at school and tell me that she was sorry to hear about my dad and ask could she just give me a hug. How awesome was that!!
I learned that in everything in life can be a learning opportunity. No matter what the situation, there is always something that we can take away and learn. Take the opportunity when it comes and always be ready to learn.
It is that time of the year … back to school time. Kids say they aren’t ready to go back, but secretly, though, many of them are. Teachers are the same way. They enjoy their summers off doing nothing! (Doing nothing … yea right!!!) Teachers get finished with one school year and then start planning for the next. They go to workshops to learn new things that will help them with their classes. They come up to the school (and try to maneuver around the desks and tables that the custodians have moved into the halls and not walk on the freshly waxed floors) in order to work in their rooms. Some teachers come up at night to work on their rooms because they have a summer job because teacher’s pay is too low. Teachers spend all summer doing nothing, so when the end of August rolls back around, they are ready for the new school year.
It’s that time of the year … back to school time. It’s that time of the year when new teachers meet the teachers who have already been working in the district. It’s that time of the year when the veteran teachers are able to help mentor the new teachers and help them get settled in. It’s that time of the year when a new principal is welcomed by fresh faces (teachers, students, parents, community members). OK, I had to include this last sentence because I’ve been in my new school for 12 days now and I have met a lot of good people who are also excited about this new school year.
It’s that time of the year … back to school time. Schedules are done, but some students aren’t happy because they didn’t get all the classes they wanted. It’s that time of the year when the first day of school is right around the corner and senior students realize that this will be their last … first day of school (I stole this statement from a teacher at my previous school who always does a great job with the back-to-school announcements and assembly). It’s that time of the year when the football team is practicing in the 90-100 degree heat as they get ready to make a run for the state championship. It’s that time of the year when the volleyball team is working hard in preparation for their run at a state championship. It’s that time of the year when we’re already having volleyball games but school hasn’t even actually started yet.
It’s that time of the year … back to school time… and I’m looking forward to it!!!!!
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