It’s a lot easier to write and talk about what is needed to lead or teach the right way. So when great teachers/bosses do the things that “The Art of Possibility,” writes about the results in the classroom and workplace is often difficult to duplicate. I love your “guide” in life approach to the classroom. Too many time teachers take the dictator approach to the classroom. I know that it’s necessary in some aspects of the class but at times taking the back seat to the students could be beneficial for them. I guess the big question is what grade level is this possible to start doing?
Rule number 6 is something to live by. I’m going to have to re-start living by that mantra.
I do have a little issue with the “Settling” or being happy with what you can’t change. Obviously some things in life can’t be change BUT at the same time I kind of look at this as giving up. I wasn’t the fastest or the biggest but with personal determination, hard work, and training I walked on and made a college football team at age 27. I expected to be able to hang with the younger college students. If I had settled, I’d just be another fan on the outside wishing for what could have been.
I would love to be a part of your classroom and the passion that you give to the school and your students. Everybody there is better for it.
Thank you for sharing,
Fran’s Original Post
Week 3 Reading: The Art of Possibility Ch 5-8
Chapter 5. Leading from Any Chair: We’re all leaders. How can we make a difference in the people will influence each day? How do we listen to those who help us make our dreams become reality?
We can make that difference by showing that you support them, are truly listening to what they have to say, and showing that you appreciate them supporting you, and become their guide instead of just their leader. We listen to those who help make our dreams become a reality by listening, asking questions, and taking everything in.
Chapter 6. Rule Number 6: Don’t take yourself so seriously. Life is a journey–enjoy and learn along the way. Live, laugh, and love!!
I think if people believe in this all the time, there would be less stress, less sicknesses, less grudges. People also would also not worry about failure and go by the motto of “when one door closes, another one opens.”
Chapter 7. The Way Things Are: Sometimes settling for the way things are is a lowering of expectations, sometimes it’s finding a starting point so that one can make things better. Where are you in this continuum?
I’m always looking at what’s ahead if you look back at where you were a year ago to now, it’s always big changes in some areas of your life. There’s always something to look forward to whether in your job, personal life, or academic life. Even when I accomplish a goal I’m always planning other goals after that.
Chapter 8. Giving Way to Passion: Control says that the only way to avoid disappointment and frustration is to not care at all. No hits, no runs, but most importantly, no errors. What are you doing in your daily life that expresses your passion or the things you are passionate about?
I’m always thinking of different ways to teach that will engage my students more. I try to create an environment where kids will want to learn more by adding a little spontaneity or something different to the routine. Whether it’s saying our spelling words by doing jumping jacks or playing monopoly with my students. I also like to plan trips, weekend getaways with my family whether it’s in the near future or in the distant future because it’s important for me to plan for family fun time.