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Fill up your cup with Authority

One of the best ways to help yourself and others is to enrich your use of vocabulary intentionally daily. I have always practiced adding a word to our vocabulary in the classroom and with my grandchildren now. Words do not have to be extravagant or flamboyant to be selected to add to your list. You may already know the word, but do you do all of the power it holds in the way it can be used?

Words have power! One of the most important lessons we can provide is learning how much power we hold and how we utilize the words we choose to group. Great men and women have delivered messages of great power. Some of these individuals are not described as being strong by their physical appearance, but their words have stood over time as a solid foundation to build a great nation and inspired leaders for generations.

Authority is a word with many definitions and uses; here are a few:

  • It is the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.
  • It is the right to act in a specified way, delegated from one person or organization to another.
  • It is the power to influence others, primarily because of one’s commanding manner or recognized knowledge about something.

Who is the authority figure in your life? Are you an authority figure?

I honor Authority?

What is the purpose of authority?

In the examples of the definitions of authority, power, decisions, influence, and knowledge are acknowledged. One of the most important aspects of authority is to protect our rights to life, liberty, and property. Authority can be used to provide order and security in people’s lives. Has having authority in your community and life helped you? How does authority help you and others? How do you honor authority? What are ways you can succeed with those in authority?

As we add value to our power by enriching the usage of the words we choose to group as a message, take the time to be reflective in journal devotion time.

Reflective Journal Devotion Time

Today the value of authority is the power of the language usage we seek to grow to protect life, liberty, property, and honor. What are words to help embrace the wisdom of authority? What is the message needed to honor authority? How can a message be provided to understand the boundaries of authority, the responsibility of authority, and the influence authority has on making changes? Please help us to see the vision of the importance of authority to paint the words on the pages for others to see the best reflection of the greatness it has when it is written.

My example: Today, as you began to prepare yourself for the day, you already introduced yourself to our new word. You greeted the day with authority. You were awakened by the alarm clock or an authority figure in your home telling you it was time to get up to start the day. Then you took over by taking charge of preparing yourself for the day. As the day continues, the authority will meet you along the way at different times, places and stops. See how many times you can discover authority.

You can pose a reflective question each day and spend a week on the same word. At the end of the week, each individual could share a short one-minute speech on the word authority. Learning better communication skills and exploring thoughts to think about is an important enrichment activity for all.

On fire! Are you? Who Is?

“This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She’s walking on fire
This girl is on fire”

“Looks like a girl but she’s a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you’ll never forget her name
She’s on top of the world”-Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire

Do you ever take your temperature? Not your body temperature, but the temperature of your attitude and drive. What would you describe your temperature as you go about your day? Are you a girl on fire or lukewarm? Alicia Keys’ song Girl on Fire was the first song that came to my mind when thinking about ways to describe the temperature of our attitudes, drives, and approaches to work, life, and overall experiences. You can change the wording to accommodate your gender, but the meaning is still behind our temperature to approach life.

There are many songs you can connect to weather and temperatures to help teach lessons or discuss feelings, motivation, and attitudes. “You’re as cold as ice. You’re willing to sacrifice our love. You never take advice. Someday you’ll pay the price.” Lyrics from Foreigner, Cold as Ice.

I love using music to demonstrate meanings about issues we need to discuss. Music is a great platform to utilize as a way to connect all of us. Every generation has utilized music to share feelings about social issues, political views, traumatic events and celebrations.

I started with fire, and I would like to end with it. My favorite song is “Pass It On.” The lyrics to this church hymnal are: It only takes a spark To get a fire going, And soon all those around Can warm up in the glowing That’s how it is with God’s love. A newer version of a Christian song includes a portion of the lyrics I will leave you with to enjoy. I think it is essential to take your temperature and those around you. Let’s get a spark started to finish strong, begin strong , and never lose sight of the effects on what we do daily. Why not start a fire in the hearts of everyone? #Bethesolutiondaily in a world that needs you!

Hidden Blessings-Lesson 2 “True North”

Lesson 2: No matter what, follow your “true north.”

Daniel Bauer shares his philosophy. It is your core values that drive who you are and maintain your focus on what you want to achieve.

“I have a personal philosophy: Be an intentional impetus. I have five personal core values:

  • Turning Pro
  • Purple Cow
  • Ripple Effect
  • Forest from the Trees
  • Sponge that Scales

I have worked hard to identify these values and my philosophy. They act as a personal Obi-Wan Kenobi. In times of success, they remind me to celebrate being true to my values.”-Daniel Bauer

Do you have a personal philosophy? What about your core values? If you do not have them or are unsure, it is time to solidify them. It isn’t easy to stay the course if you do not have a solid foundation. How do you know your direction or your “true north” with uncertainty?

My Two Rule Philosophy is a foundation I utilize to help students understand the power they have with choice. Once you know you have the ability, you need to realize with power comes great responsibility and accountability. This leads to developing the five core competencies that help grow their ownership into disciplined individuals with balance. The competencies support social-emotional learning as well as building academic growth. Students’ self-discipline develops naturally as they regulate their actions with the choices they make. They align all of this with their established goals, reflected in their day-to-day activities.

Five Core Competencies

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-management
  3. Social-awareness
  4. Relationship Skills
  5. Making Decisions (Responsible, Positive, Solution-Focused)

As for my core values and philosophy, I can confidently express them with ease and clarity.

I am a service leader striving to help others daily. I intend to find ways to provide solutions, guide in developing skills, and inspire, motivate and supply resources. My core beliefs are my faith, hope, integrity, and trust. I believe in all, I never give up on others, and I give more than I hope to receive. The team is how I work best, and I always want more opinions. Providing value to others, celebrating everything, and always looking for positives are what I love best! It is when we have gratitude; what we have is just enough.

Check out Leading at a Higher Level by Ken Blanchard. He is one of my all time favorite leaders. His work will inspire you, make you think and help guide you.

Develop your leadership point of view? What is a leadership point of view?-a leader’s personal elevator pitch—is the essential message a leader wants to communicate to the world. A leadership point of view reflects your journey, values, goals, and expectations of others. Write one out to see what you have.

Whisper words of…….

I was a toddler in 1969, but Paul McCartney wrote one of the most impactful songs for many generations. We can learn so much from the lyrics of songs. Let it be is one of the famous Beatle songs. In the song, you will hear the phrase, “Whisper words of wisdom.”

It begins with, “When I find myself in times of trouble,” “Mother Mary comes to me.” I have always thought it was talking about the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. However, after researching, Paul’s mother was also named Mary, and she died when he was a young child. In interviews, Paul revealed he thought of his mother when he wrote the song.

There was violence in Ireland and wars in Vietnam and worldwide during 1969 when Paul was writing the song. Let it be was speaking to these events. Let it allow us to find comfort and not think about the sad things or what we cannot control. Paul was trying to send also a message, “Although they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see. There will be an answer– Let it be.”

Let it Be

It is not 1969, but we have wars worldwide, and we find ourselves in trouble. Whisper words of wisdom to those you love, serve and value. We continue to “let it be.” There will be an answer for this vision for peace and joining John Lennon to imagine a more peaceful world.

How to share wisdom

  • Always share what you have learned from others!
  • Living by example provides others with a visual.
  • Reading, reading and reading more in order to share with others.
  • Experiences provide opportunities to gain wisdom, encourage others to take risks, take a chance and make action steps.

Be the Solution Daily has posted about Wisdom on many Wednesdays. Wisdom Wednesday! There are many examples to provide insight. Why so much emphasis on this word? It speaks to the level of knowledge gained from the depth of learning through experiences. Many have traveled down paths facing overwhelming challenges to overcome. The lessons learned, the fears encountered, the knowledge acquired, and all of this to bring the wisdom to share.

Lyrics-Let it Be

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right it front of me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

Let it be, let it be 
Let it be, let it be 
Whisper words of wisdom 
Let it be 

And when the broken hearted people 
Living in the world agree 
There will be an answer 
Let it be 
For though they may be parted there is 
still a chance that they will see 
There will be an answer 
Let it be 

Let it be, let it be 
Let it be, let it be 
yeah, there will be an answer 
Let it be 

And when the night is cloudy 
There is still a light that shines on me 
Shine until tomorrow 
Let it be 
I wake up to the sound of music 
Mother Mary comes to me 
Speaking words of wisdom 
Let it be 

Let it be, let it be 
Let it be, let it be 
There will be an answer 
Let it be 
  

1970 Northern Songs. All Rights Reserved.

Can you finish this?

I do not know if anyone has ever asked you, “Can you finish this?” I asked myself this question after thinking; I am tired! I am tired of these hot spells and feeling like I weigh a ton! Then I am reminded that I have nothing to complain about and do not speak those words out loud.

Today I found myself face to face with the young lady I was talking with last week. We share the same birthday, and we thought it was great! However, I am 20 years older. Her mother was with her today, and she talked about having a breakdown over the weekend. “I was crying, and people came over to talk to me. One person said, don’t you have pain medication you can take. I have that medicine, but I do not want to be tired and miss out on my kid’s life. They do not understand I have to do this the rest of my life.”

I looked over but did not interrupt their talking, and then the nurse came. I am sure people were trying to help, but she was in a different place. I am sure she has asked herself the question I wondered, “Can you finish this?”

https://www.passiton.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/124-finish-line

All of us who have faced these challenging times but we rise and finish. We all have moments when we want to be “normal.” It made me think about some other thoughts. Have we asked others or ourselves real questions? When we ask these questions and receive answers, what do we do next? Here is an example:

The teacher asks the students to finish this sentence: I wish my teacher knew__________.

What does the teacher do next? What action steps does the teacher need to take?

Can you finish this?

Who am I?___________________________________

In my life I felt _______________________________

I am influenced by___________________________

I plan to pass on_________________________to others by___________________.

Take Action

The teacher needed to take action quickly! The student called out, “I have been trying to get your attention.” Asking others essential questions like these is critical in helping to take the steps in reaching all learners.

Learning about ourselves helps us take the steps by understanding our foundation. In addition, if we share this information, we appreciate and understand each other. We have, along our journey, found experiences and individuals to influence us. I believe the children in today’s generation have twice the amount of influence than those from two decades ago. Think about all of the ways an individual can be influenced. How can we help improve influences today?

https://www.passiton.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/69-hope

#SELDAY March 11, 2022

This week we celebrate School Social Workers and recognize Social Emotional Learning Day on March 11th! The theme for National School Social Workers week March 6-12 is “Time to Shine!” Our School Social Workers do amazing things to support our children, families, and staff! They genuinely shine all of the time!

Join the SEL Day for 2022 and share how to support social-emotional learning. We need to build relationships and share positive ways to appreciate everyone. We are blessed when we recognize the strengths of others and share our talents. Together so much can be learned, communicated, achieved, and created.

Animals teach us well!

My daughter has always loved animals and rescued so many in need. She has carried this love into her adult life, passing it on to her children and probably to the children she teaches. At her home, you will find a variety of animals and, most importantly, love. One of my author friends highlighted lessons learned from dogs, and I have a few to share about other animals. Learning happens when we open our hearts, minds, and eyes to see through a different lens or way.

You can find the work of Wally Bock at the following links or follow him at @WallyBock on Twitter. https://buff.ly/3Gy80Be https://www.threestarleadership.com/leadership/learning-from-the-dogs He leaves you with five points you can learn from dogs and understand about people. Doggie point 4 is my favorite. “Sometimes the dog barks because another dog barks. People are like that, too. Sometimes they act thoughtfully. Sometimes they just go along with everyone else.”

Animals are all unique in their forms of communication and ways of life. One thing we all have in common is our instinct. Animals use their instincts and senses to be alerted to danger. We do the same thing. Sometimes we make mistakes because we do not follow our instincts.

What if we relied on only our senses to help us determine decisions or understand? One of my favorite books is a pop-up book titled Six Blind Men and the Elephant by Wayne Kalama. The story is a beautiful way to introduce to staff, students, and families the importance of each voice. The six men wanted to learn about the elephant. They used other senses to feel the elephant and contributed their opinion. Every single opinion is correct, but not entirely. Understanding the importance of listening to all, we can “see” the entire picture to know all parts—a great lesson in collaboration.

In our many books, we will find fables, short stories, and many comparisons to help us understand the meaning of points authors, writers, and leaders are trying to make. Lessons are learned in many ways.

We could be like an Ostrich with our heads in the sand or stretch out our necks like the Giraffe to see further. Courage to face issues as leaders are in how we see ourselves.

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Compliance or Commitment Leadership

Two Rule School Coming Soon

Effective leadership is comprised of many elements, one is a strong sense of purpose. There are many rules and regulations in which we have to comply to meet the standards and requirements. However, do we want our staff and students to check the box of compliance in our purpose of teaching and learning? I think the solution to being a school of compliance and just getting by is to turn up the heat to move to commitment.

Every school works to complete each year a school improvement plan. this plan lays out strategies and goals to move the school, as well as the district forward in serving students and families. These plans are data-driven, input provided from staff, students, families, community members, and district leadership. The plans are submitted to the state for approval and then implemented at the building levels.

However, many of the plans are looked at as just as a compliance measure and not something that can provide any true guidance I have heard from so many. I feel my heartbreak and my stomach turns as I know it is true. I look back at my last year in an education setting and it was impossible to get my district leaders to sit down to work on these plans. So if I could not get them to do it, then good luck in getting the buildings to do it as well.

Students and staff need to see our commitment in our words and actions. Students need to see a purpose in the lessons they are being provided daily as, well as the progression of the learning journey. Staff needs to see the purpose in the work they are doing and the commitment we have to them to help achieve our purpose as a team.

Effective leadership is not doing, but guiding and managing all of the work that needs to be done to accomplish the goals we establish. Leaders in our schools need to empower our staff to do exactly what we are modeling. They are the ones who have the greatest impact daily on helping to facilitate and manage learning by empowering students to take ownership with a commitment to themselves. Students need to have a voice, make decisions, help design, and establish a strong commitment to accomplishing goals.

We are not just getting by with compliance, but committing to grow leaders in all capacities in learning, teaching, and community. We have strong voices, positive choices, better decisions, and are empowered to accomplish high standards with our commitment to selves and our community.

Schools will take a turn as we move from compliance to commitment as we pledge to be part of the solution daily. Our work will continue to expand as we empower all learners, engage active changes and embrace the philosophy of the Two Rule School. Everyone will feel safe and good in our learning environment.