Making a Change

If you do this 10 minutes every day, you will change!! I have changed my life this year.  It is simple and only takes about 10 minutes per day (or more if I have a longer drive or workout).  It has become my extrinsic motivator.  It has filled me with confidence and has inspired me to write more.  It has made me move out of my comfort zone into a world that is scary and unknown.  This change looks like the 10 minutes per day it takes to listen to The Quote of the Day podcast from Sean Croxton.  Everyday I listen to this podcast, and I have become hungry for more so have added audio books on Audible like The Five Second Rule, 48 Days to the Work You Love, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management or How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This one change of listening to The Quote of the Day Show has spurred a change in my thinking and actions.  I have stopped thinking that success was just for those people.  I have stopped thinking that I can’t change.  I have stopped thinking that since I am a type B, laid back personality that I can’t be an entrepreneur. I have however, realized that an entrepreneur does not have to be the go-getter, boss, who is in charge of or inspires hundreds of people immediately.  I have realized that it is a conscious effort to change one thing at a time and utilize my time wisely to complete tasks efficiently.  I have gained a new desire to not...

Teach Hard or Go Home

One of the qualities of the best teachers that I have ever had is when they aren’t afraid to  make a fool of themselves or fail in front of their students.  They go hard. They buy into their silliness, and they don’t care if the students sigh and roll their eyes or join in.  I think of it as the one piece of being a teacher (you know, since we are so many things policeman, councilor, psychic, doctor, and many, many other things).  One of the hats we wear is performer. I went to a small venue for a rap concert one time.  The crowd was small, but the venue was nice.  When the performer came on stage, he danced and jumped around that entire stage, he was fully committed to going 100 and giving the best performance of his life even though the venue was only about a quarter full.  He did not let the crowd set the mood; he set it.  And song by song, the audience began to loosen up and dance.  It amazed me that one person could change the mood of so many people and influence them to do something they wouldn’t normally do. That’s the way we can be as teachers.  The students can come in with any variation of moods (especially if you are teaching teens or preteens), but we can be the guiding force of emotions in the classroom.  If you are going to teach something, think of a way to really get their attention.  Don’t take yourself too seriously.  Draw something and make fun of your drawing ability.  Sing for...
The Path of an Entrepreneur

The Path of an Entrepreneur

I’ve said a few times that I’ve never thought of myself as an Entrepreneur, but that has changed.  Through a series of events this year, I have realized that I’m capable of doing much more than classroom teaching.  I have realized that I can create and build whatever I want to do.  For instance, I have the ability to create unique curriculum and written documents with a combination of skills that I was born with and some that I have learned. I have realized that I have is that I can see the big picture while being able to break down the steps to achieve that goal.  I can use formal documents or standards that I am unfamiliar with, quickly read and understand them, and then use those standards to create a plan to apply them.   I can teach myself how to do anything, read any formal documents, and create a plan to achieve a goal. I actually LOVE this process.  Just the other day I began to work with a lady that I didn’t know to create curriculum for her physical therapy course (I have no experience in physical therapy).  She sent me the standards and expectations that she needs to cover during her course and I began to map out a lesson plan and unit plan that she can use so that she can use this guide for her state required accreditation document. This is all second nature for me.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  That said, I am already thinking of ways that I can streamline this process for other professionals to use. Working with different...

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How Much?

How Much?

  How much am I willing to give AND to give up to get what I want and am feeling called to?     Most people are okay with ONLY being comfortable.  They want a comfortable job, with a comfortable family… a comfortable paycheck with a comfortable retirement. Oh, the idea of being rich is wonderful to everyone but is not worth the discomfort involved for most.  The idea for more is too scary.  We want to do the same things that we do every day and hope that fortune comes to us in a miraculous way.  We want to hit the lotto the 1 or hundreds of times that we play.  We want our blogs or YouTube channels to build followers and magically turn into money makers.  We are willing to do the same things every day and hope that someone notices us.  Sometimes though, we are willing to put in a few uncomfortable steps into the process.  We pay money for an at-home business that we will put some time and effort into until it takes too much out of our lives or hasn’t become as easy a money maker as it claimed.    We pay for our blogs or YouTube channels in order to build our market, consistently create for a while until the followers diminish, or we don’t have as many clicks as we once had and lose motivation. Every once in a while I ask a new class, “Who do you think is the most successful celebrity?”  Many of them say the newest rap or hip hop star that I’ve never heard of so...
The Problem

The Problem

I have decided that if I am going to move up in the field of education to eventually be a leader in this school choice movement, then I need to address the issues as a business with a education focus.  These are the problems with public education that I would like to be addressed once I enter this level of leadership: If school choice is going to be pushed through the nation, including California, then I want people who are educated or have experience as teachers building this movement, not business people.  School choice is a chance for schools to fix what is broken and will NEVER be fixed through public education.  Allowing parents to choose schools WILL force even public schools to rethink their strategies and become better at what they do.  My current school district has seen a drop in enrollment for about 10 years in a row because when parents see consistent problems, they choose other options.  And, yes, common core has a great negative influence on many parents.  My school district has actually made improvements to be more competitive in the past few years.  A few years ago we were forced into program improvement and only then have we begun a movement into using scientifically proven educational strategies.  Many people would agree that we were stuck in the dark ages and were forced into this change.  Many teachers who love their craft and constantly move towards self-improvement have made school better for their students.  Others, though, have stayed the same because, you know, tenure.  Tenure allows crappy teachers to stay crappy teachers because after they...