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Social media buttons

How many of you are actively and regularly using twitter and /or some other form of social media for professional development and growth?  If not, I would like to highly encourage you to use any or all of these tools for your personal professional development.

Personal professional development is one area that all of us can improve on. We need to be a positive example for everybody in the district, an example not only for the other professionals but also for the students. When you model learning the students can begin to value learning more. This will only help to make our schools better. If we can model this type of professional growth to the teachers and students at the other campuses then when these students get to high school, the transition to our types of learning expectations will be easier and will make it better for all.

self-reflection

As we prepare to transition in Texas to the new graduation plans with endorsements, this is a perfect time for all of us to reflect on our own practices, our own teaching styles, our classes we’ve always taught, our willingness to accept new classes to teach and make a conscious decision to embrace new challenges and to take on more responsibility in our own professional growth.   All the while understanding that the educational system we’ve all grown so accustomed to is changing, our students are changing, and that we must begin to change our views as well (even though we are all reluctant to do so).

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find-joy

How many times have you heard students say that they hate school or that they dread school?  How many times have you heard students say something about not wanting to go to Mr. __________’s class (you can fill in the blank here) because they just can’t stand him or that class?

Far too many times!!!!!

For students, beginning school in Kindergarten is the highlight of their young lives.  It’s what they have been working for since birth … starting school!  They are so excited and just ready to soak up and learn everything they can from their teacher.  I would even bet that everybody can still remember their Kindergarten teacher’s name.   Mine was Mrs. Meador, and I still remember having so much fun in her class.

But then, somewhere along the way, something changed.  Kids begin to dread going to school.  They still go because they have to, but they really don’t look forward to it.  School became monotonous, boring, not fun, etc.

Why?

Let’s change our point-of-view for a minute.

Think back to when you began teaching.  Think about the excitement and nervousness of that first day and all the things you were going to do to help students get the best education possible.  You were going to change the world!   But then, somewhere along the way, for some (but not all), something changed.  School became monotonous, boring, not fun, etc.

Why?

There is not one answer to this question.  Whatever the reason, it is imperative that it gets changed.  We must once again find the JOY in teaching.  And I bet that when teachers once again find that JOY, then the students will once again find their JOY in going to school.  (See one of my previous posts, The Energy Bus — 10 Rules to Fuel You Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy).

In this TEDx video, Dean Shareski does a great job posing the question — Whatever happened to joy in education?  You will really like this fun and insightful video and, after watching, will feel challenged to FIND JOY !!

Teh Scot Wright Daily

Every morning around 7:30 ( I just changed it from 8:30) my online newspaper, The Scot Wright Daily, comes out electronically.  It has articles, videos, photos that can give you ideas, tips, motivational tools, technology information … there’s something everyday that you can learn from.

If you want an easy way to get one small bit of your daily dose of information so you can learn, please consider subscribing to it.  It comes out daily on twitter as well, but when you subscribe, it comes out via email to your inbox.  You don’t have to do anything but read, learn, and share.  (Remember to share with your PLN and help them learn too).

Thanks for reading my blog, The Wright Stuff.  I hope you like it.  And I hope you consider reading and subscribing to The Scot Wright Daily.

Thanks for sharing.

Are you

Are you …

  1. Motivated?
  2. Confident?
  3. Reliable?
  4. Encouraging?
  5. Enthusiastic?
  6. Industrious?
  7. Focused?
  8. Resourceful?
  9. Open-minded?
  10. Determined?
  11. Persistent?
  12. Ambitious?
  13. Passionate?
  14. Driven?
  15. Positive?

Well …

what-if

Help Wanted

Before this school year started I did a session on using Twitter.  Some of the teachers that attended have really taken to using Twitter and have done a lot with it throughout this school year so far.  Others, though, for various reasons, have been a little more reluctant to take advantage of it.  It’s also no secret how many of my teachers feel about some of the professional development opportunities that have been forcefully made available to them in previous years.  In many instances, I feel the same way as they do.  That’s what is so great about Twitter.  It puts the teachers in control of their own professional development through the connections they individually make.

As a principal, my main job is to make sure that the teachers are effective in the classroom.  Effective instruction is the best way to increase student achievement.  Each one of my teachers has a unique set of abilities that helps them to be effective in the classroom; however, each one of them also needs improvement.  We all do!  Those teachers who think they don’t ever need to improve should get out of this profession!!  I’m extremely lucky.  I have a great group of teachers at my school that are willing to do whatever they can to make themselves better.

As a principal, another part of my job is to get my teachers the tools they need to be effective in the classroom.  This is where I am asking for your help.  I want to help my teachers make connections with other teachers.  In turn, they can meet other teachers who have the same passion for learning and self-improvement.  In turn, they can learn something new that they can use in their classes.  In turn, they can become better teachers and have more effective instruction.

Here is a list of my teacher’s Twitter handles:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Wright, Lesa @WrightLisa
Nixon, Shane @NixonCoach
Henson, Wendy @WendyHenson225
MATH
Jones, Jamesa @JamesaJones
Soper, Ze Ze @ZeZeSoper
DeLorme, Lily @LilyDeLorme
SCIENCE
Antes, Kerri @KerriAntes
Cariker, Sally @carikers
Brach, Vince @BrachVince
SOCIAL STUDIES
Touchstone, Keith @CoachTouch
Eudy, Jordan @JEudy24
Smith, Doug @smithd0710
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Montgomery, Kim @MontgomeryKim1
ELECTIVES
Anderson, AnthonyBand
@andersona54
Clawson, Rita — Art @RitaClawson
Coleman, Johnny — Ag @JohnnyColeman16
Jones, Roger — Ag @RogerJones2009
Evelyn Nieves — Spanish  @nievesetu
Mock, Amy — Family and Consumer Science @AmyMockL
Rogers, Jennifer — Technology @rogersjochs
Heflin, Nathan — Assistant Principal @NathanHeflin
 

If you are interested in making connections with them, please send them a message.  Post a link to an article and include their twitter handle.  Invite them to a chat.  Read their blogs and send them the link to yours.  Give their Twitter Handles to other teachers.  Re-Post this blog.

I appreciate your willingness to help me help my teachers.

Have fun making new connections!

school design

Right now in Texas the Legislators are meeting and hashing out what changes they are going to make to public education.  We don’t know what will happen, but what we are sure of is that there will be major changes to the educational landscape in Texas.    In any case someone or some group will not be happy.   Here’s the big question, as I see it … as a result of this legislative session, will the students in the state of Texas be better off as a result of the actions of these Legislators?  That remains to be seen.

There are many arguments as to what our students really need.  Parents say one thing.  Business leaders say one thing.  Colleges and Universities say one thing.  Legislators … who knows?  See my point?

What do the students say?  That’s a great question.  Do they have a voice?  At one school in Massachusetts, they do.  In the following video, which is about 15 minutes long, we get an idea of what that answer would be.  I highly encourage you to watch it.  It really opened my eyes to the fact that, more often than not, we take our students for granted.  These students in this video could very well be representative of students in every state, and they should be given a lot of credit for taking control of their own learning.  And their principal should be given a lot of credit for having the guts to allow this project.

I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think about these students and what could happen to education if we allow students to design their own schools.

 

 

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Common advice from knowledgeable horse trainers includes the adage, “If the horse you’re riding dies, get off.”

Seems simple enough, yet, in the education business, we don’t always follow that advice. Instead, we often choose from an array of other alternatives which include:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Trying a new bit or bridle.

3. Switching riders.

4. Moving the horse to a new location.

5. Riding the horse for longer periods of time.

6. Saying things like this … “This is the way we’ve always ridden the horse.”

7. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

8. Arranging to visit other sites where they ride dead horses more efficiently.

9. Increasing the standards for riding dead horses.

10. Creating a test for measuring our riding ability.

11. Comparing how we’re riding now with how we did ten or twenty years ago.

12. Complaining about the state of horses.

13. Coming up with new styles of riding.

14. Blaming the horse’s parents. The problem is often in the breeding.

15. Tightening the cinch.

16. Set new skill standards for dead horses.

This is not a new story. It was given to me by one of my Ag teachers who got it from a previous principal quite a few years ago.

Can you relate to any of these?