Saturday, March 17, 2018
What does competition do?
It brings out your best.
It puts you against the best.
It tests your limits.
It makes you prepare.
It makes you practice.
It shows you your strengths.
It magnifies your weakness.
It can build you up.
It can tear you down.
But it never defines you.
It refines you!
Every competition has a winner and a loser. But, that is a matter of perspective. In Latin competition is defined as to strive for or to make great efforts. As John Maxwell likes to say sometimes you win...sometimes you learn. You never lose as long as you learn from the process. This past week has been crazy in terms of competition. Our Academy EDU students competed at the Ohio State Ed Rising conference and they did fabulous. They wanted 1st so they could earn a trip to Nationals. As a group we had no 1st place finishes. We weren't the best but we were at our best. We competed in more competitions than years past and we had more top 10 finishes than ever before. PROUD is an understatement. I had tears in my eyes as I watched my students...... collect their plaques....no...huddle up before each award announcement and literally hug each other.
Enjoy the slideshow from Friday:
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Sunday, February 4, 2018
Lets play a game. Make a list of SCHOOL work versus MEANINGFULL work.
Here are my lists and you tell me what's best:
WORK for grades
Overuse of technology work
WORK that makes no sense
Cutting corners work
Voice and choice WORK
Solution driven WORK
WORK that just matters.
WORK through failure.
Love your WORK
Dare I say list one is the easiest way to work in school!
I love what Seth Godin says about meaningful work....
Better doesn't mean more. Better means generous, sustainable, worthy. Better means connection and quality and opportunity, too. But most of all, you can realize that the most urgent work is the work of dancing with our fear, because the fear is the real reason the work isn't getting done.
Right now in this moment I'm at swim meet watching my daughter do work. She smiles when she feels accomplished she cries when she misses the mark. This is what meaningful work does it stirs up emotions. But in this moment there is a kid in last place. His form is sloppy. His stroke is terrible. He can't keep up and the struggle is real. The crowd roars to life has he is the last swimmer swimming. A whole lap behind his counter parts. The crowd continues to scream. His coach walks beside him on deck...
Stroke...strole...stroke....10 more to go....
From behind the block a tennis ball on a pole hangs over the water. It touches his head a split second before he contacts the wall! The crowd goes crazy. Tears fill their eyes as they cheer. He emerges as the slowest swimmer but yet more victorious than all the others. He's blind with both a club foot and hand. A feed tube protrudes from his stomach. He understands work. He may never win his heat but his work always wins the heart.
As educators my hope is we start doing BETTER WORK....MEANINGFUL WORK! Ask yourself this, is the work I'm doing in my class, in my building, in our district, with my students, and in our practice MEANINGFUL?
Final thought adapted from Craig Groeschel. Let's teach students (and ourselves) 3 easy concepts about MEANINGFUL WORK:
The work is the reward.
The prize is in the process.
We find gratefulness in the GRIND.
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