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Very good words of advise from a mom to her kids.
–Thanks, Renae
Some of the life lessons I hope my kids learn from sports…
  1. Life is not fair. No matter how hard you work or how much you want to win, sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. You are not a gladiator; you will not die from losing.
  2. Coaches (like teachers, bosses, etc) usually have favorites and or know some other player’s family, etc. Get over it. You cannot change that. Do your best and move on.
  3. Referees (judges, bosses, parents, and anyone else that settles disputes) are human. They make mistakes, they possibly might make a bad call based on their mood, they might have bad information, they might not understand the rules. Get over it. Accept the decision and get on with the game.
  4. You are special. But you are not irreplaceable. No matter how great you are, there is someone else who can play third base, run a forklift, manage a budget, or complete the project. You have to earn your position (whether or not you believe anyone else has earned theirs) and keep earning it. Quit if you must, but do not think the sun will not rise without you.
  5.  Some people are born with more talent at various things than you, and some with less. But everyone can raise their level of performance through hard work and practice.
  6. No matter how good you are at what you do, odds are there is someone in the world better at it than you. That does not mean you cannot enjoy what you do.
  7. Bragging about yourself makes you look ridiculous.
  8. You do not have to understand WHY you have to do something. If your coach (parent, teacher, boss) tells you to do something, just do it. They probably do have a reason, and you will probably understand it as time goes by. But if you don’t, so what? Just make peace with not being in control of everything at every second and keep going.
  9. Win or lose, fair or not fair, do your best. The members of your team (family, co-workers, clients) deserve your best. You would hope the same from them.
  10. Ragging on your teammates or trash-talking the officials or opponents will not help anything, and it WILL make you look like a crybaby.
  11. Learn from your mistakes. Even better learn from the mistakes of others. Both are opportunities for you to improve your game.
  12. Finish strong. Even if you seem to be 20 points behind with a minute left on the clock, the game is not over until it’s OVER.

Wednesday

Today is Wednesday, January 13, 2016, and today was “one of those days” !!!

It started off good, went bad, then ended up good again.  Notice that there were two positives to only one negative so that pretty much sums it up.  The positive outweighed the bad today, so I’m not going to talk about the negative here.

Last week when we returned from our Christmas Break, I met with my faculty and staff and we discussed a few things, one of which was an “idea” I had.  One of my goals is to get my teachers to get together more so they can learn from each other.  This is not a new idea at all.  It’s done everywhere …  on Twitter, in libraries, in cafeterias, in teacher’s classrooms.  Everywhere except at my school.   Not really … that’s an exaggeration.  It does take place at my school in pockets, on a small scale.  And often times, it’s done begrudgingly.

What I want to do is have a day once a week where my teachers get together and share ideas with each other. I decided on Wednesday after school — 3:45 in the library.  I told everyone on my campus about it last week.  This week I sent an email to the Jr. High and Elementary teachers and invited them to come.

This is what I said about the Wednesday Learning Opportunity (the name I made up):

What it is–
  • Learn from each other
  • Share ideas
  • Discuss Articles/books
  • Use of Social media
What it not —
  • Gripe session
  • Mandatory

I knew that I didn’t need to force this on them at all, so I made sure to put that it was NOT mandatory.  I still had one teacher ask me if she had to come!  Again, I said that is was not mandatory.

So today, before I went to bus duty, I stopped by the library and got the computer and projector set up and wondered if anyone would show up.  I was curious and told myself that if no one showed up today that I would try again next week, and then again the next week if I needed to.  In reality, I thought to myself that the “Not Mandatory” part of it would offer a free ticket for them not to come!  After all, the first question I got about it was from a teacher asking if she “had” to come!!

While at the bus stop this afternoon, I got an email from an elementary teacher letting me know that she wasn’t going to make it because she had a sick child at home, but that she would be here next week.  That was cool.  Somebody wanted to make it today but just couldn’t.  And I knew that I would have at least one person next week.

So as the last bus leaves at 3:40, I make my way to the library.  I walk in and to my surprise there are 11 teachers, 1 counselor, 1 assistant principal, and 1 superintendent.  That was 15 people (including me) getting together to talk, ask questions, and share ideas.

Not a bad way to end the day.

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Positive Energy For 2016

Posted: December 29, 2015 in Attitude, choice, Energy, Reflection

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This is a repost of one of my posts from two years ago. As the end of 2015 and a new year approaches, this is the perfect time for me to reflect, make some adjustments and changes, and make 2016 a great year

The following post is a summary of The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. It is an easy read and it also gives us easy to follow strategies to make our lives better by being more positive and having more positive energy

The Energy Bus follows George, who is forced to ride the bus to work because of a flat tire on his car. George meets a unique bus driver and an interesting cast of fellow bus riders who, over the course of two weeks share the 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy. In the process, they help George turn around his life at home and at work.

It all begins with positive energy. No one goes through life untested and positive energy is what is needed to overcome these obstacles we all face in life. Positive People and Positive Teams produce Positive Results — and the essential ingredient is POSITIVE ENERGY.

As he begins his journey of transformation from riding the Energy Bus, George meets the driver, Joy, who is instrumental in changing his life. She, along with the other passengers, give George (and us) 10 rules that will change his life (and ours) forever. It’s all about the positive energy we get from these ten rules.

Rule #1 — You’re the Driver of Your Bus

People feel like they don’t have a choice so they give up. But you do have a choice! Take the wheel and choose to create the life you want … one thought, one belief, one action, one choice at a time. It starts with a decision — decide what you want. Then YOU start creating it. Create your world.

My vision for my life is (including my health) is …
My vision for my work, career, job, and team is …
My vision for my relationship and family is …
It all starts with these three statements and the ENERGY to think about it and to identify what you want.

Rule # 2 — Desire, Vision, and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction

Joy, the bus driver, shares this important piece of wisdom. The more you focus on something, the more you think about it, the more it shows up in our lives. Again, there is energy in thought. Spend your time thinking about what you want rather than what you don’t want. Don’t complain. Complaining is focusing on the negative.

Be a Winner, Not a Whiner!

Rule # 3 — Fuel Your Ride With Positive Energy

There is power in positive energy! It is important. Positive energy will keep your bus moving forward with momentum. As you know, there is a lot of negativity in the world, so choosing positive energy is important to help deal with the negative people and negative situations that can knock you off course.

One passenger on The Energy Bus named Danny shares this formula: E + P = O

“E” stands for “events” in your life. “P” stands for “perception” (and it also could stand for “positive” energy). “O” stands for “outcome”.

You can’t control all the events in your life, but you can control how you perceive them. Your perception can control the outcome.

Remember this, positive energy and positive people create positive results.

Rule # 4 — Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead

You cannot always do things by yourself. You need a good team. You need to get like-minded people on your bus, and the more positive people you get, the more positive energy will be created. Share your vision and make it clear what you expect.

Rule #5 — Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Don’t Get on Your Bus

The enemy is negativity and it’s everywhere. How do you deal with it? Simple. Don’t worry about it. Don’t waste your energy on it. The more you worry about it, the less positive energy you will have.

Rule #6 — Post a Sign That Says: NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED

Surround yourself with a positive support team. These people will have a big influence on your life and whether it’s successful or not. You want people around you who will INCREASE your energy not DRAIN your energy (energy vampires). You have to be strong enough to let people know that negativity is not allowed.

Rule #7 — Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During The Ride

Positive energy works. It spreads one person at a time. You need to be the CEO – Chief Energy Officer. The CEOs are excited, positive, and optimistic. They don’t let fear stop them. When you are enthusiastic, people will want to get on your bus. People notice it. People feel it — energy and enthusiasm. This is like a beacon of energy coming from your heart. It’s real. And when you are energized, others will be energized. A positive culture will out perform a negative culture every time.

Rule #8 — Love Your Passengers

To tap into the power of your heart and lead with a positive, contagious energy, you must love your passengers. You have to love your employees, your customers, and your family. And, you have to share that love. You have to let people know that you care about them…really care about them. When you do this, you’ll get love back.

Let your people use their gifts, their strengths. Allow them to do what they do best. Bring out the best in others, and by doing this, it brings out the best in you.

Rule #9 — Drive with Purpose

Purpose is the ultimate fuel for your journey through life. When you drive with purpose, you don’t get tired, bored, or burned out. Find excitement in the mundane, the passion in the everyday, and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Find your purpose and share it. This is positive energy.

Rule #10 — Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride

Don’t focus on what stresses you. That’s no fun. Know that you are too blessed to be stressed. Remember all of the things you are thankful for because this feeling of gratitude will fuel your performance everyday. It is uplifting. Live and work like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Be optimistic. Be positive. Find Joy!

Everything happens for a reason and we don’t necessarily know why. Life is a test. Adversity helps us grow. Negative events and negative people teach us what we don’t want so we can focus our energy on what we do want. There will always be challenges and problems and we must face each challenge and problem with a positive outlook. Learn from the past and don’t focus on the future — focus on the path. Experience Joy in everything you do and everywhere you go.

I Should be Ashamed of Myself !!

Posted: November 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

As I was going through my daily newspaper feed looking at articles to read, I saw the address for this blog and I started going back and reading through some of my old posts. Some were longer, some were shorter, and some just had pictures.

Then I looked at my last post and it was dated June 24, 2015. Today is November 15, 2015 ! My last post to this blog was 5 months ago!

What!

5 months ago!!

 

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It’s not like I don’t have time … I spend a significant portion of my day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so time is not an issue.   I spend a lot of time in the evenings watching TV so again, time is not an issue.

So what is the issue?

Simply put … The issue is that I just haven’t taken the time to do it.  How much time does it actually take?  Not long. I just haven’t done it and I should be ashamed!

So with that, here’s my plan.  I will post at least once (hopefully more) per month as I get back into the routine  of writing for this blog.

And with that, as I continue to try to read and learn every day, maybe with this blog I can help someone else learn something along the way as well.

So, what have you learned this summer?

Anything?

Something?

Nothing?

In the midst of summer school, traveling, sleeping, relaxing, mowing, whatever it is that you are doing this summer, don’t forget to take time for professional growth.

When you continue to learn, everybody wins.  Keep this in mind.

I’m curious.

What have you Learned this summer

Please share.

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Today was a good day for me.  I was fortunate to hear two great educators — Todd Whitaker (@ToddWhitaker) and Eric Sheninger (@E_Sheninger) and while both of them had different points in their sessions, they both had a common focus, which should be our focus in everything we do in our schools.  We need to focus all our efforts so the students can benefit in their learning. We (the adults) have to improve ourselves and what we do in order to create an environment at our schools to where the students can benefit, which means learning and being prepared for life — today and after high school.

Most of our schools are not like it is in the real world, and we must do whatever we can to change this.  I’m talking about everything in our schools … from the actual school day and how it is divided up, to how we treat the other adults and how we treat the students, to how we use the everyday tools that we all now have, to how we learn, to everything. We need to open our eyes, out hearts, our minds, and begin to assess what we are doing NOW and evaluate that against where we need to be and decide what we need to do so that we can begin that move in the right direction.

I also attended a session today from Abi Adam (@aquatexas), Technology Specialist from Seminole ISD and Kevin McCasland, Principal of Seminole High School. This was something I was looking forward to since I first got the conference program and started mapping out my sessions.  This title of this session was Taking Paperless Beyond the Classroom, Effective workflow practices through the use of Google applications.  I know that there are a wealth of tools from Google that are FREE and that can help me be more efficient, and I want to learn more about them so we can be more effective at my school.

One specific topic within this session that I was particularly interested in was what time during the day they scheduled their mandatory tutorials and how they scheduled the students for this time. There are many different approaches and thoughts on this subject, and I am always looking at other schools and how they do it.  To me, this is one area from my school that I will tweak so that we can be more efficient and maximize the time that we can help our students be more successful.  This session goes together with one I attended yesterday with Lyndsae Benton, Principal from Crowley High School and Stefani Allen, Principal from North Crowley High School where they use what they call “Power Hour” to transform their campus culture and increase / improve their test scores and student achievement.

Today was a good day.  So was yesterday.  I, along with principals from all over the great state of Texas (and from other states too) are fortunate to be able to attend this conference to learn and grow.  Thank you @TASSP1 for a great summer workshop.

Click HERE for the link to resources that Eric Sheninger shared today

Click HERE for resources that Angela Maiers shared yesterday.  (This is a topic that I will come back to in another blog post)

I want to leave you with these words … this picture says it all !!!

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“That’s not the way we’ve always done it.”

“In the past, we’ve (…fill in the blank here…)”

I will be honest now … I’ve heard these two statements so many times this year I think if I hear either one of them again I might puke.

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Just to clarify, there have been a few times that I asked what was done in the past, but that was a calculated question because I didn’t want to hear someone come right back with the answer “In the past, we …”  And I’m not stubborn enough to not care what was done in the past either.  Sometimes knowing why it was done really makes sense and makes it easy to keep doing it because it was a good idea.  However, I feel that often times some people say something like this because they don’t want to do anything different and I think that just might be our downfall.  I think that school people (me included) often times get so comfortable in our routines that it becomes easy to keep doing whatever it is.  I say this with the understanding that it is not always easy to let go of old habits.  But, it also helps to look at where we want to be and ask ourselves if what we are doing know will get us there OR will I need to do something a little different to get some different results.

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I also believe that there are people who only want to do things their way and when someone does something a little different (it doesn’t even have to be radically different either) then they get all out-of-whack, upset, and frustrated.  This to me is the sign of a selfish person.  I don’t think that is a quality that we need to have. There is nothing wrong with being confident in what you do, but when it gets to the point of “your way is the only way” this is when I lose my ability to want understand you.  I begin to tune you out.  I don’t want to be like this and I don’t want to be around people like this.

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So here are my challenges to all of us ….

  1. Don’t accept the status quo.  Look to see if it is working.  If it is, great.  Ask yourself … can it be better?
  2. Don’t just automatically start out a conversation with … “That’s not how we do it here.”  or “In the past, we ,,,,” or “That’s not the way we’ve always done it.”
  3. Ask Why?
  4. Strive to make things better.
  5. Don’t be selfish.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  Maybe I am the one that is out-of-whack in my thinking.  If so, let me know.