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life
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.

today was a good day

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 !!!

never stop learning

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.

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Leave a comment and let me know what your thoughts are.

One Word

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.

Back to school

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!!!!!

summer

 

Technically the first day of summer for 2014 will be on June 21st at 7:51 CST (according to www.Almanac.com); however, for me and my teachers at Ore City High School, it began on June 5th.  This was the first day without students…the first day without following the bell schedule…the first day without all of the teachers at school.  This was also the first day for the 2014-2015 school year.  Contrary to popular belief, summer does NOT mean teachers and administrators do nothing.  Once one school year is completed, the next one begins … immediately.

7:55 am on August 25, 2014 (the 1st day of school for OCHS) will be here before you know it !!

Enjoy your summer.   Relax.   Swim.   Have fun.   Go on a vacation.   Read more.   See new places.

Also …

Learn new things.   Get professional development.   Get connected.   Get on Twitter more.   Make yourself a better teacher or administrator.

 

This video fits right along with the message of #YouMatter.

 

 

How do you feel about showing compassion?  How do you fell about telling someone … “You Matter” ?