Starting something new.(easily)

FeaturedStarting something new.(easily)

As people, we have the unique gift of creating all the possibilities in our minds.As teachers, we have the mission of creating them for our students. That’s where the magic start ( step one), as we trigger our student’s imagination during the learning process.

Imagination is not attached to any electronic device or the internet.

 I am not against the amazing advances of internet or any device who makes our lives easy and definitively better.

My advice is more towards, to go to the basics. The humanity greatest minds, centuries before the internet revolution, created the most wonderful legacy in all art expressions.

Bright ideas live in our minds, no matter,  big or small ones. Take the time to listen to yourself and to listen to your students as well.

 Do not plan a class ahead without thinking and asking: How I could possible positive affect them?.Trig the magic!

It’s really not complicated it’s more an attitude a habit, you don’t need big resources, just bring the magic that lives in your mind as does live in your student’s minds as well. One more tip: be grateful, there is always something to be thankful about.

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Tough People

Tough People

We are people dealing with people, in a constant dynamic. When we teach we interact with our students  with the purpose of teaching.

Interaction brings a wonderful opportunity of perceiving our student’s  capacities.

Capacities are highly related with your ability to positively motivate what you perceive your students are capable of achieving under regardless any circumstances you or they are facing.

The more positive actions you take on your classes and on your students, the more capacities you would see blooming.

Dear teachers, tough times don’t last, tough people do!

 

 

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning always requires from us an open mind capable of visualizing a big scenario play.

Imagine a play! you are the writer and director; you wrote the script.You have a story to tell.

 If you have the control over this play, How do you lay out a plan to make this play a huge success?

Teaching is quite the same, you are literally writing (planning) and directing a play: your class. Students equal to actors, why don’t  have them play vividly alive?.Big stage.

When you start planning, this is the way you should planning the big picture, you will start working from a different perspective.

 At the end, your play,  for sure is going to be a huge success. Standing applause!

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teams

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teams

Classes could be different, truly they could be , funny, engaging and inspiring. As a teacher, you could be a team manager, simple picture yourself as the Manager and your class ( students) as your wonderful  Team.

What is your goal as a teacher? Essentially be productive and effective in your classes. If we dare to picture our students as your team, what if you lead your students to work   achieving the common habits of the highly effective teams.

  Stephen Covey American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker, clearly defined the 7 habits of the highly effective team:

1-Take the initiative. The key to being proactive is realizing that you hold the responsibility for your own actions and decisions. By understanding that you yourself are the one who will either benefit or suffer from the consequences of your actions, you will naturally take the initiative to plan for possible future problems, make an effort to improve the situation and think of ways to become more productive

2-Focus on the final goal. Effective teams have a very clear vision of what their future should be, and are focused on a final goal that they must work towards. As Covey says, it is the “ability to envision, to see the potential, to create with [their] minds what [they] cannot at present see with [their] eyes”. Develop a team missions statement right at the start. Focus on that mission, and work towards that goal collectively as a team. Check back on that mission regularly, and use it as your guiding pole, to make sure that you are always on the right path to success.

3-Set priorities. Teams have limited time and resources. They cannot do everything and do them all great, within a limited timeframe. Thus, to be effective, they have to extremely results oriented. As a team, decide your priorities based on the missions statement and focus only on the important tasks.

4-Create win-wins. A good and effective team works together in a cooperative manner. Collaborative team members COMPLETE one another, and not COMPETE with one another. Too often,  people think that in order for one party to win, the other needs to lose. But in a win-win mindset, everyone wins, the end result benefits everyone.

 5-Seek to understand. Many people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. This habit is especially evident when there are disagreements within a team. Disagreeing is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is only healthy if used correctly! Communication is extremely important in teams, particularly during disagreements. Strive to understand first, before seeking to be understood Don’t hear with your ears, but listen with your heart and mind.

 6-Synergize. One plus one equals 3, 4, 5, 6…. Two heads are better than one. When a team is truly synergizing, they can come up with solutions that are way better than the sum of all the single solutions each person could have come up with individually. They can achieve a lot more than each of them could have done so independently. An effective team understands this principle well and strives towards amplified success by tapping on the synergistic effects of teamwork.

7Maintain work-life balance. Great teams, no matter how amazing, are still made up of humans. Humans with flesh, blood, and feelings. They should thus have the time to rest and re-energize. As a team manager, ensure that you preserve and enhance this greatest asset you have — your team. There are many ways to do this: Go on a team outing; have breaks together; encourage them. Only when your greatest asset is well taken care of, can your team be effective when they work

If we want to engage, empower, inspire our students,  the idea of bringing over your classes this habits,  would make a great difference. Embrace the challenge of promoting different learning methodologies and enjoy the process.

SELF -CONFIDENCE

SELF -CONFIDENCE

Quoting one definition of self -confidence as follows:

“Self-confidence can be described as an ability to be certain about one’s competencies and skills”

 Self -Confidence starts with the ability to be certain,  deciding what to be for what you believe you have.

Working on your abilities, mastering skills empower you to build a solid Self -confidence equal to believing in ourselves.

You would make a big difference building self -confidence in your students,  by leading them to discover their natural skills,  asking them to work with them in your class. Observing them working!

E.E  Cummings wrote:

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit”

Isn’t that the perfect way to learn?  So, go for it.

 

Expectations

Expectations

Expectations !

We are always expecting things to be our way. If they turn to be different. Oh, big disappointment!

You plan classes according to the curriculum content, somehow finding the way to cover each lesson of the unit, expecting a good outcome for our students and of course for you.

Somehow, we are planning classes as a one-way road, so the outcome is going to be, If you are lucky: a one-way road or maybe a dead end road.

What happened with our student’s expectations?  Are you opening a channel that able them answering us this simple fundamental question:

What are you expecting for this lesson or unit to be?

Dare to ask them before planning. You’ll be amazed, how good ideas will start pouring, You are opening a two ways road or a highway.!

Consensus brings crystal clear expectations, work on them, bringing them to your class, give them a warm open welcome.

Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not someday, today.

You’ll not be disappointed.

Commitment

Commitment

The dictionary definition of commitment is the following: ” the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause activity”.

Being more specific, commitment is a promise to give yourself into an activity you decide to accomplish. It is, therefore, a voluntary  act.

Commitments require discipline. There is not space allowed for excuses or complaints, it’s truly simple: either you’re committed or your not! No quarter, no half committed. Either you do or you don’t, there is not in between commitments.

Commitments are our reflection, we behave,  we live according to them; also, they need to be constantly nourished, this should always be considered as a work in progress.

One day, you choose to become an Educator, wonderful commitment! You have the unique privilege, of guiding, coaching dreams and goals.

As you’re nourishing your commitment as an Educator, be present and aware of how strong the impact of your actions is. Careful, for you are shaping your student’s  future lives.

Quoting Nelson Mandela:

“Education  is the most powerful weapon wich you can use to change the world ”

Be careful, for you are constantly working with the most powerful weapon to change the world:  EDUCATION