Quote of the week goes to one of my favorite artist G-Eazy. During this time of year, we are in the middle of activities, on to the 756th homework assignment to check, or gearing up for a run through sub-districts; either way, we are pushing our way through February and we are continuing to push ourselves to be better. How do you accomplish this? The internal drive to want to be your best; both professionally and morally.
To be hungry is when you are on the bottom of the food chain and every day is a fight for survival. That may not be the case for most of us but it is the mentality to have when you want to accomplish more than you thought you could. Confidence is great but if you get satisfied with what you have accomplished, then others will wave on by when they go by. As Hoodie Allen said,
Nights be getting kind of cold, and lonely on the interstate.
You be pushing sixty five, and I be pushing sixty eight
Just to stay a head of you, and prove that we the best right?
Life is just a highway, but homie there's no test drive
You want to always be performing your best otherwise you will sell your self short in everything in life. You don't have to compete against others but you do have to compete against that person in the mirror you see every morning. If your taking steps forward, you are making progress. If you wake up and are able to suppress any negative thoughts, you are moving forward. If you overcome your nerves as you stand on the the free throw line or giving your speech in front of strangers, you are progressing and moving forward. If you come in early to get caught up on an assignment, you are making progress each day within the classroom!
The challenge is to continue to move forward. Even if you only take a few steps in a day, you are still moving forward. You have all be doing a great job and we have gone through many peaks as we have progressed in our year. The valleys that you have faced, you have overcome and you are still climbing! Moving forward is the key and because forward = progress toward greatness!
Have a wonderful week!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far and that you are enjoying your time doing what you want to do! What a crazy week we had here! It seemed that we were in school for the shortest time and yet the longest time as well with no school and late starts caused by the cold. I'm not sure your thoughts on January but it seemed like a long month with cold temperatures, sickness and no sunlight except for Thursday and Friday! We are making our way and now we are into February (pretty crazy!). We are moving right along and we are continuing to do great things!
As we continue our journey together; getting through the long days, the cold days and the days that are filled with energy vampires trying to suck the positivity from us, it is important to think of the quote above. Our profession can be filled with times of greatness; seeing your students achieve, watching "that one student" bring their homework assignment on time, seeing our colleagues grow professional, etc. Alas, there are those times of negativity that can creep on us as well; perfectly plan lesson falls flat, students aren't engaged, negative talk around the water cooler, thoughts of the future and "what ifs" that could go bad, etc.
Through these times, it is important to have your friends and family to talk to and to walk with through during these times. The friendships we form with those in our hall and our school is what we can grasp to as we make our way through these times. The dark isn't as bad knowing you are with others and that you are continuing to push forward through these dark times. As we have discussed before, these dark times are what can form us and shape us. We are living examples for our students on overcoming adversity and showing that you can rise through the tough times.
Then on the opposite end of the quote: "better than walking alone in the light". When you finally push through and are in the light, don't forget to look around you to make sure that others are in the light as well. Chances are, there are some that are still forging through the dark and need that helping hand to make it through. Continue to push each other but also make sure we care for each other as well. This profession can chew up and spit us out if we try and make it alone. However, when we stand together, take off our teacher hats for a little bit and chat with each other about life, that is when we show are true selves and can conquer anything that life throws at us. No one is bigger than the rest of us.
We are hitting the time of year where things can start to dip because of an array of items BUT together we can forge through and make this month one of the best. It is all about our perspective and the attitude we choose! Continue to have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your time doing whatever makes you happy!
Welcome to my first blog! As the new year is already 26 days in, I told myself that I want to start a blog to not only put my thoughts down, but it could be an avenue to focus my stresses, my triumphs and give me an overall experience of what I go through in a "normal" day. I had the opportunity to listen to Jimmy Casas & George Couros at a Professional Development summit on MLK day and they are also an inspiration on why to put my thoughts down. "What we model is what we get". These are the words that keep coming to me from all the great things they said throughout the day.
By no means am I a writer and I am open to any suggestions from those that have more experience in the ways of communication through a blog. Will people read this? I have no idea nor do I have a desire to be a well-known blogger. My desire for this blog is to give insight of what I can go through, what I see others go through and perhaps give perspective on the education world. Selfishly, as said earlier, I think the writing will help me focus on the day and take away the positives that shine through the negatives.
I am nearly six months in to my first principal opportunity and it has been AWESOME! By awesome I mean that it is a terrifying rollercoaster ride that has involved the high steep climb to the top, followed by the fast downhill fall and then followed up with a combination of twists, turns, loop-de-loops that continue to go on and on. The crazy thing is, I absolutely love this profession and thankful for Riverside giving me the opportunity to be a part of their journey with them!
I have learned a great many things through these fast 6 months but the one that is on my mind to day is to embrace the struggle. I have gone through my fair-share of struggles as I go through this profession. I liken it to "baptism by fire" but it really has been a great adventure because of the challenges, the victories and the relationships that I continue to build upon. As my superintendent has reminded me, "You have to find your way to deal with the struggles that you encounter but don't deal with those struggles by bottling them up inside. It will eat you alive." So as I journey through, the quote above has me reflecting on the year and how struggles have shaped me and how thankful I am for those around me!
I am fortunate to have the greatest wife in the world that has given me nothing but support and love. Even on those nights where I come home from a difficult day and I give short and snippy answers. She continues to support but also reminds me that it wasn't her or the boys fault of what occurs so don't take frustrations out on her.
Key #1: talk and communicate, don't take out frustration on others.
I have a great administration team that I can talk (or Vent) to that always has great advice when the struggle seems endless. I am fortunate to not only call them colleagues but also great friends.
Key #2: have a venting session to get frustration out and focus on positive
I have also been forcing myself to workout in the mornings (been slipping this week). What is nice about these workouts is that the "forcing" turns into want to after the first couple of weeks. I have found myself being more active, less frustrated at nights and feeling good from the inside out. I have also found that reading a chapter of a book at night keeps me in a positive mood at night and refreshed in the morning. (currently rereading Innovator's Mindset).
Key #3: Exercise both physically and mentally
Lastly, I have been blessed for current and past staff & students that has been a guiding light and given me my WHY. I was hesitant about the education field but it is something that I am extremely lucky to be a part of! Education is one of the greatest professions because of how we have the chance to build relationships, mold children and shape our world by one student at a time. I have great students that continue to push themselves to be great in and out of the school. I have a great staff that believes in our mission and vision of what our school is and can continue to be, yet we understand we can continue to do more to make ourselves and those around us better! I have a great foundation of previous students (who I still consider my students) and staff members/friends that I continue to lean on. Why do I do this? Because of them. Because I believe in the importance of education both academically and morally. This is my WHY!
Key #4: Find your Why
In the end, life is full of struggles but these struggles remind us that we can get knocked down but we WILL stand up after each one. It is important to embrace the struggle. Struggles are going to HAPPEN but we shouldn't live in fear because of it. When negativity shows up, stand up do it and drown it out with positivity. Can't do it by yourself? Reach out to those around you to help. We are never alone! Be thankful for those hard times because those are the ones that we learn from and grow from!
Enjoy your weekend and thank you for reading!