To gain high levels of learning we need commitment, focus and flexibility. It is the end of the year and if we have not yet captured our students commitment to learning, they have already missed so much. Why are we allowing it to continue? “It is too late, there is nothing I can do now to turn this around.” I have heard this before, my response always is: Give it your best!
Accepting to learn
We have to guide our students into accepting factors to move forward in the learning process. Even as adults, we need to revisit these steps to take to manage our level of learning.
- Face challenges-do, do not avoid challenging situations or problems. Handle these first and work through them.
- Making Mistakes is an essential part of the learning process. We need to learn from our mistakes and work through them to gain a complete understanding.
- Accepting setbacks in our learning process. We will have setbacks along the learning journey. One glove does not fit all, and we all get to the finish line at different times.
Our traditional instructional strategies provide students with the opportunities to be consumers of the information supplied by the teacher. The pacing is already established, and the routines are based on not allowing for a different pattern of time to include other designs. Students become information receivers, problem getters, and answer givers. No time is set aside for reflection, analysis, questioning, or learning from mistakes or creation.
My middle grandson is in first grade. He is an exceptional child and enjoys learning about everything. We were excited when we were asked if we could help him by making a cart for him, he could use to take to school for a social studies project. He was developing a business plan for items he would be selling to his classmates for a profit. Then he could also buy from his classmates as well.
Now I think he is pretty smart! After all, I am his grandmother, but his business plan so far sounds pretty good. He has no cost in the cart. Grandpa and I are using things we have here at home. We did have to buy a couple of things, but they were not much. He has his sister paint pictures of animals for him he will be selling. When she asked if she could have half of the profits from the sales of her paintings, he said no, that was not in the plan. He has stuffed animals donated by family members at no cost. His dad is going with him to help with the setup. He is in great shape for this social-studies project.
This hands-on project has engaged all students in learning about trade, managing money, business, marketing, etc. The teachers have done a great job creating an exciting project at the end of the year. The students will set up their stores and sell to each other next week. I will let you know how it goes. He is currently decorating his stand and making some final adjustments.
Adding value to learning and opportunities allows it to be more than superficial learning. Helping to see the purpose of learning can be an essential step in building the foundation for commitment and dedication.
Providing learning with choices, authenticity, connecting to purpose, and giving opportunities to apply new skills is a great way to help children share their best. So many teachers are creative in how they approach keeping students engaged and excited about learning.
Learning energies of students can help to build their persistence and instill the value of learning. They have opportunities to learn from errors, mistakes, and setbacks when they are provided with a safe place and can contribute freely and create. The best way to learn is when we students can use what they learn to teach others, solve real problems and provide solutions to issues. Learning opportunities are transformed as students are responsible for their learning.
Growing up, our family tradition was to watch The Wizzard of Oz! It captured my heart from the first time I watched it, and it still does! One of the best parts is when they reach Emerald City. They finally get to make their way to see the Great Wizard of Oz when: Toto rips the curtain to the side; the Wizard of Oz realizes he’s been found out and tries to cover it up by shouting over his loudspeaker, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”
No curtains were involved at the Oscars, when the most disgusting view aired for all to see. I stopped watching these shows a long time ago for many reasons. However, everywhere you turn the video of this scene has overshadowed anything that took place on this awards night.
I am sharing the article from Brian Dodd as I feel it perfectly captures the points I agree with when thinking about this display of actual behavior. The curtain did not have to be pulled back, nor did someone need to say pay no attention to that man; in fact everyone is sharing and saying look at this! However, the need to not only look at this but to take a step back and realize what it means.
We continue to provide platforms, reward behaviors like this, and accept them quickly to move on. Will Smith received a standing ovation after this display of behavior. His wife laughed after he hit Chris Rock. Then we wonder why?
- Why are people so angry?
- Why do people yell at each other?
- Why do people escalate so fast and act out in violence?
- Why do people think placing hands-on others is okay?
- Why do our children think it is okay to………..
The role models in the world we are living in are not what they seem to be when the curtain is pulled back or not. I think we can do better!
Thursday is a day for thinking and thoughts. I am thinking lots of P words today! This week has focused on Potential. In the past posts, I have mentioned Purpose and Passion. I often talk about your spiritual side and the power of prayer. Maybe we should ponder on these P words today to see if we can bring them together to project, protect and propel to our future with success!
We have discovered a great deal about Potential. In each one of us, we have skills, abilities, desires, and dreams. It is when the key is found to unlock the doors to open us up to the “shoulds” to “coulds” and believing in ourselves. Different people hold the keys during the journey of our life.
Building trust relationships allow the keys to unlock the full potential inside each one. We cannot grow, learn and develop when we close our minds. No key can open a door with multiple locks. The importance of building positive relationships is essentional. As I continue to talk with you about Two Rules, the significance of this as a foundational piece is critical. No one can grow in a place where they do not feel good or safe, where people choose to be part of the problem and not the solution.
Your purpose fuels the drive to find your potential. If someone asked you to describe the meaning of purpose, what would you say? It is a great question, and I hope you ask others within your team. You need to think about the question and come up with some thoughts and then read on. The thoughts I share are my thoughts.
Purpose to me is Why. It is the why in everything I do. When I break it down to a simple phrase, I always come up with the same answer. “Bringing value, joy, love, and service to others.” My phrase: Be the solution daily. It is how I approach each day in everything I do. Is it perfect each day? Absolutely not; I am human, so I make lots of mistakes. It is the efforts that count.
When you hear the word passion, what do you think of first? If you are like me, you think of feelings of love. I describe passion: “Passion is the emotion behind our Purpose. We begin with the love of what we are doing, working on, or the excitement of being part of it. Then it becomes our purpose with a more focused agenda. When purpose begins, so does the plan to achieve. Passion is the dream to believe, and Purpose is the plan to achieve!”
I hope you have enjoyed the past and present posts on Potential, Purpose, and Passion. People are brought into our lives to help us plan, prepare and ponder on our thoughts. Pieces of our plans can project significant meaning to others, and some, may not find meaning. When our message is not precise, clear, and targeted to our audience, confusion sets in, and the plan fails.
Portray each day who you are authentically and believe in yourself. The approach of your passion and purpose will take you very far. Your potential is not measured by what you achieve, the titles you hold, or the money you earn. Others measure potential in how you supported, guided, and helped create a better tomorrow than today. I can remember the day I received the phone call from MaryAnn Moore asking me if I would consider coming to join her team. I would work as her teaching assistant. I did! I stayed with her, learning and growing. I became a teacher with her and then left to be a classroom teacher. My growth continued, but it started with a phone call from her and the belief I could make a difference.
What is stopping you from your Potential, Purpose, and Passion? Take the step today or pick up the phone to jump-start it for someone! #Bethesolutiondaily