Today was our first late start day. Our district opted to start doing these again. We used to do these MANY years ago but they would only be once a month. This year, we will do these weekly. I hope that this time around we will get better attendance on these late start days since it is weekly. Given the near perfect attendance in my classes thus far, I’d say this concern is not really warranted :).
I did some sketchnotes during our morning session. I can attest that they do help keep me focused and in the moment which is one of my goals for this school year and really in life. My tablemates took notice of what I was doing and made comments that were positive. Really they just help me to stay on task and help me to reflect later on the important parts of the meeting or activity.
Some of these items only make sense to me.
- We were reminded of one of my favorite Rich East entities this morning when the brother of Bill Yarborough came to talk to us about financial freedom. Anyone who has met him has probably been called champ but you felt like the number one champ in his book whenever you talked with him. Building relationships has been key to my success this school year and I need to channel his enthusiasm into my lessons.
- We have a pretty worthwhile (yet lofty goal) of 29% percentile rank improvement goal in math over the next several years. I like the fact that we are planning on how to achieve this goal instead of diving right in. However, as always with any % I would like to have a clear “numerator” and “denominator” so I know where the benchmark lies. Sometimes people will use percents and will not really understand what those two numbers are which makes it difficult to measure success.
- I am proud of how far I have come when it comes to using de-escalation techniques with students. There were definitely some points in my career that I interacted with students in a way that I am not proud of. I think that these experiences taught me so much about how to effectively deal with situations and when I see a student getting more upset, I have strategies that I employ that help de-escalate things (active listening, employing the assistance of another adult, etc). I would like more strategies to employ in the future.
- I am always looking for ways to improve. You can make improvements year to year or day to day or minute to minute. I’m happy with my progress when it comes to engagement and I hope to continue on this path during the remainder of this year.