- What will you do next?
- By when will you do it?
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
- What more do I have to learn?
- What is the lesson here for me?
- What is the waiting teaching me?
- If not this, then what?
- What else can I do to get the same results?
These thoughts come from the book Write It Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser.
Monday, December 27, 2010
This anonymous author says there are 3 rules for accomplishing our goals (wants):
- Read the list of wants 3 times a day--morning, noon, and night
- Think of what you want as often as possible
- Do not talk to anyone about your plan except to the Great Power within you which will unfold to your Objective Mind the method of accomplishment
This little treasure can be found at Amazon.
Friday, December 24, 2010
One day, somebody decided to put some catfish in the tank with the codfish. Catfish are a natural enemy of codfish, so as the tank traveled across the country, the codfish had to stay alert and active, and be on the lookout for the catfish. Amazingly, when the tank arrived at the destination, the codfish were as fresh and tasty as they were in the Northeast.
Just as with the codfish, adversity may be serving a great purpose in our lives.
Note: This story taken from Be Your Best Life Now Journal by Joel Osteen
Thursday, December 23, 2010
According to Dr. Orison S. Marden it's important to not only be reading but to be reading those books that will elevate and refine you and raise your ideals and clarify your ambition. He goes onto suggest that one should read books of power, books that encourage one to have a purpose for being. Therefore, as Andrew Carnegie advised, "A man's reading program should be as carefully planned as his daily diet, for that too is food, without which he cannot grow mentally."
These ideas come from the book Books Are Tremendous by Charlie "Tremendous" Jones.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
One example of someone who had to build again was Thomas Carlyle, a 19th century Scot essayist. He shared his first draft of his history of the French Revolution with John Stuart Mill. The latter accidentally let his housemaid use the papers to kindle a fire. Carlyle had to reproduce the book from scratch.
Another example is Ernest Hemingway in 1922. Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, was traveling by train to Switzerland carrying a suitcase containing all that Ernest had written up to that point. The case was stolen. Legend has it that when Ernest started writing again, his writing was even better and made him into the author whose works we now cherish.
Monday, December 20, 2010
The undesirable fruits of hurry are impatience, fret, worry, and confusion. It uses up unfocused energy as a substitute for a clearly defined plan.
Hurry is a counterfeit of haste. Haste has an ideal, distinct aim that uses the most efficient and best methods to get there. It's course is determined with one compass to give direction. Hurry, on the other hand, is guided by all kinds of different compasses hoping that at least one will get to some kind of desired destination.
Resource: These thoughts were based on thoughts by William George Jordan in the book The Majesty of Calmness.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Therefore, it would behoove both principals and teachers to seek for ways to write, not only encourage their students to write. Some writing opportunities:
- Handwritten letters and notes
- Reflective journal
- Dialogue journal
- Articles for professional journals and/or newletters
- Book (s)
- Letters to the Editor
Being an example of writing, educators can encourage students to write.
Friday, December 17, 2010
- Tell students that you aren't smarter than they are, just more experienced.
- Show students every day how they have grown intellectually.
- Have high standards and teach them how to reach those high standards.
- Tell children when they are behind and develop a plan to help them catch up.
- Be willing to work with students before school, after school, during school vacations to help them master their subjects.
Resource for these attributes of Rafe Esquith: Mindset by Dr. Carol S. Dweck
Thursday, December 16, 2010
- She was fascinated with the process of learning and continues to learn along with the students.
- On the first day of school she promised all her students that they would learn and she forged a contract with them.
- She didn't blame the students for any lack of success they had experienced. She blamed the system for failing them.
- She set extremely high standards for all the students and taught them words and concepts way beyond their grasp at first. She taught them how to reach the high standards.
- She created an atmosphere of genuine acceptance and cared about every student.
These characteristics of Marva Collins come from the book: Mindset by Dr. Carol S. Dweck
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
- Studying a topic for only ten minutes a day can make someone an expert on that topic. Ten minutes a day translates into 3560 minutes in a year--or 60 hours.
- Read 20 pgs. a day--not just professional material but also recreational books, including books written for the age group of the students you teach.
- Develop at least one new skill each year.
- Continually use one's attributes, characteristics, and talents. One of Charlie Jones's seven "tremendous" laws of leadership is Use or Lose. This includes attributes, characteristics, and talents.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
These thoughts are built upon the thoughts of Sheri Dew in her book No One Can Take Your Place.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
It would be helpful to pray that Heavenly Father would bless us with this sense of urgency in our work and then act as if we have been blessed with this gift.
Thanks to the words of Charlie "Tremendous" Jones for inspiring this post---www.myarticlearchive.com/articles/7/206.htm
Friday, December 10, 2010
One bit of wisdom that I learned from him was that rather than asking people for advice about what we should do we should seek counsel instead. He defined counsel as something we do to gather information from different sources. After gathering this counsel we need to make our own decision--with the help of God.
When people ask for our advice Jones recommends that we encourage them to read books that will get them to think and share it.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Because people and books can have such an impact on who we become it would behoove us to seek out the best books and quality people. The best books can be fiction as well as nonfiction and self-help books. Biographies and autobiographies are great, too.
Charlie "Tremendous" Jones shared a great idea. He said that instead of giving people business cards which people usually throw away give people a book with your name and contact information inside.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
- Focus on people, not programs
- Be innovative
- Delegate responsibilities so others may grow--counsel and motivate but don't do the work that has been delegated to others
- Dedicate the greatest attention to priorities which will be different at different times
- Do the best you can
"¡Oh, sed prudentes!", Liahona, noviembre de 2006, págs. 18-20
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
What is it about stories that causes us to remember them? They touch our emotions because we can see ourselves in the story wondering what we would do in a similar situation. Our students are no different. Fiction books are a great way to introduce students to stories. Biographies and autobiographies are great, too.
Sharing stories also creates a bond between the storyteller and the listeners. That may be one reason Abraham Lincoln is loved and revered so much--He was a terrific storyteller.
We can improve our storytelling skills by telling stories and learning from the best. Every summer there is the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah that would be great to attend.
Monday, December 6, 2010
With all the many new technological ways to communicate--texting, email, Facebook, etc.--who still doesn't like to receive in the mail--amongst all the junk mail--a handwritten letter with a real stamp?
Writing letters is an authentic way to teach students about writing. Students can write all kinds of letters-- to each other, younger students, famous people, the editor of a newspaper, etc. It could be that some of those letters will be kept in someone else's treasured box and/or be a part of history some day.
Friday, December 3, 2010
How does a leader become credible? Do what you say you will do (DWYSYWD)--keep promises. This builds trustworthiness which is a key element of credibility. It's a good idea to underpromise and overdeliver. It's also important to "walk the talk" because people believe what you do more than what you say-- our actions more than our words tell who we really are. It's like the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say." A credible leader is also someone who stands for something and has the courage to stand by her convictions.
It bears repeating--credibility is the foundation of leadership.
The foundation for this post comes from:
Encouraging the Heart by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This reminds me of the story of the woman who always cut off part of the roast before putting it in the pan. Someone finally asked her why she did that. She said that she didn't know but her mother had always done it. The mother said she had only done it because her mother had. When the grandmother was asked why she did it she replied that the roast was too big for the pan she had.
An educator must continually ask himself what the ultimate goal is and if what he is doing--even if has become the way of doing things around here--helps to achieve that goal.