Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Someone told me

If you work yourself to the limit and giv eyour all, then you will see what you are capable of accomplishing. Never be satisfied with less than your best. You know when you feel something is your best because you will be proud of it.

I know people like this and they make me want to be better.

Great National Honors Society

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Teaching Philosphy is growing

I see the positives in people rather than differences.

The positives I speak of are easy to find. It makes for good classes and good times.

In my courses I always stress effort, but I also speak to finding positives.

Proportionally I want the right mix of questions and group work. Ideally lessons are learned everyday and every way. Effort is the actually not how you get through the journey, it is the journey. I want to be smarter and better than I was yesterday.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


An eraser is the most vital tool a student can carry. In education you either have it or you don't. Sometimes you need to get things right without making mistakes but not in education.

Even on a movie set, I watched a documentary that showed a director acting numerous camera and microphone men how to improve a shot. JJ Abrams
Erase your fears and look at a world where we all learn from our mistakes. As a professional teacher and student myself, I feel free to make mistakes I can learn from and I see how mistakes are sometimes thrust upon those who least expect it. Like a student who thinks they aced a test only to get a D because they used the wrong formula.

Lean into the discomfort. And then start over again each daynew. Now clean off your out look.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Rachel's Challenge

What makes it for me, in education, is when students take an unspoken cue and realize they just learned something. I see more value in people after today.
Craig Scott was lived on April 20, 1999. He then took up the challenge to build something more for not just public schools but the overall educational well being. The character of our country matters to him. I am proud to have met him, Rachel and their family.

Character is what you do when no one is looking, and no one will even find out.

Well Rachel and Craig, we found out.