Success is never achieved overnight. You have to put in the hours (see my post) and do the work. Each successful student has taken ownership of their learning. They have decided that they want to contributing members in society, and they refuse to be held back by the disempowering scarcity (aka, fixed) mindset. They have an abundance (aka, growth) mindset.
While there are many paths that lead to success, all have common mileposts. Successful students all share some common attributes that help them thrive in the classroom. And here are 7 things never heard from a successful student.
Essentialism (New York: Random House Audio, 2014)
I’m back for the 2016-17 school year with my first book review of the season. This review is for both teachers and students!
Trivial Many? Vital Few? Author Greg McKeown sounds like a Six Sigma instructor. I am a huge proponent of the Pareto Principle, and the author puts forth a solid argument for focusing on what matters, or that which is essential. A priority is just that — the one overarching thing that is most important. Only in the last last generation was the word priority even pluralized. As I listened, I couldn’t help but think of Napoleon Hill’s description of one’s chief major purpose.
Recently on Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life Podcast, the author’s description of the closet analogy was masterful at helping me recognize that I have way too many clothes, so to speak. Mr. McKeown explains that the stuff we have in our closets have a higher perceived value, because we already own them. That is, there is a tendency to overvalue rules and beliefs that we have already worked hard to acquire.
Forget the Undisciplined Pursuit of More
Many of us have so many irons in the fire that we suffer chronic mental, physical, and spiritual exhaustion. As teachers (and students), you no doubt feel overworked and underutilized many days. What I realized after reading this book — kind of obvious now — is that I have been majoring in minor things. Granted, much of the “administrivia” we teachers do is necessary to our jobs. Attendance. Incident referrals. Phone calls. However, these functions are hardly essential to educating children. As a result, I am eliminating any task that is not essential (as long as it won’t get me canned!). To hear Greg McKeown talk about elimination is liberating.
Aim for the Disciplined Pursuit of Less
As I continue on my path of teacher as leader, I can’t help but think that this book should be required reading for all in any leadership role. Professors warn of becoming the newbie administrator that tries to micro-manage it all. And who is more busy than a school administrator? (other than the teachers, of course!) If you are at your wit’s end looking for more margin in your crazy hectic life, give this book a read/listen. Mr. McKeown says if what you’re doing would NOT be lamented on your death bed, then it is not essential.
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If you’ve ever wondered where a person’s taste in music comes from, this video from our friends at SciShow may answer that question for you.
Cayden H, a 12 year old seventh grade student at Sayre High School was recently named the Redskin Reader of the Month. Cayden’s English teacher Mrs. Jarvis, says that “Cayden is constantly reading, especially whenever he finds a series of books that catches his interest.” Cayden himself says that he likes reading because, “it is something that comes easy to me.” His favorite genre is horror because he likes scary things. His favorite books are a part of the “Shiver” series, which is a supernatural series about werewolves. Congratulations Cayden!
contributed by Mr. Muench
Once you know the answer, it seems easy, doesn’t it? According to Dr. Derek Muller, our bias is to seek confirmation of what we believe to be true. When the reality of the situation does not match our perceptions, we often don’t know how to proceed.
Photo credit: Daniel M. Polinski
Congratulations to the newest members of the Sayre High School Chapter of the National Honor Society!
Your achievements in scholarship, service, leadership and character are duly recognized. You are rewarded this prestigious honor in witness thereto.
It seems like only yesterday these kids were asking for directions in the hall as they made their way to their next class.
You make us all — your teachers, your friends, and especially your parents — Redskin Proud!