At the beginning of my Spring Break, I found this from Simon Sinek (the Golden Circle guy). These are the rules of conduct he has for his company. Pretty awesome! I wonder if these should not be the words to encourage us through our PYP Exhibition journey? What do you think? I am going to post these outside our classroom – beside our ‘we can do hard things’ poster. I might also put one in my permanent view – I want to make sure that I am continually practicing what I preach and not being a source of contradiction within my own classroom.
Day: April 6, 2012
Reasons You Haven’t “Made It”, How To Keep Going, and Why You Are Enough
I am quickly falling in love with thisisindexed.com
Simple. To the point. Witty.
What’s not to love?
I plan on sharing these with my kids tomorrow. I am intrigued to see what they will think of the use of graphic images to tell such a story. I think some will LOVE it. I have fresh index cards and new fine point black sharpies ready too 🙂
We have them thinking about how they are going to eventually share their learning at the end of the process and before they head towards my worst nightmare (reading me a powerpoint) I thought it wise to throw this one up for good measure:
In addition, I would like to share with them 12 Truths to Tell Yourself After A Failure or A Mistake as we conclude the first week of our PYP Exhibition. I have listed the 12 but for more detail read the full post and remember:
Failure is a prerequisite for great success. If you want to succeed faster, double your rate of failure.
Here are the 12:
- It’s okay. You will be okay.
- There is no success without failure.
- Positive thinking creates positive results.
- Success is always closer than it seems.
- You are not your mistakes.
- Life’s best lessons are learned at unexpected times.
- Mistakes are rarely as bad as they seem.
- Not getting what you want can be a blessing.
- You have the capacity to create your own happiness.
- Mistakes are simply a form of practice.
- You are making progress.
- Life goes on.
If you have ever been part of the PYP Exhibition, you will know what a huge and sometimes daunting task it can be – especially when you are 10 or 11 years old! In light of this – and in addition to everything we have done thus far to prepare and support our kids – I was just thinking that tomorrow I will also read them a book from one of my favorite author/illustrators, Peter H. Reynolds. The book is called “So Few Of Me” and if you are a Reynolds fan (and even if you are not!) you will not be disappointed. Here is what Peter had to say about his book:
If The Dot is about getting started, and Ish is about keeping going once you get rolling, So Few of Me is about making sure you save enough time in the rush- rush world we live in to actually BE creative. Dedicated to my twin brother, Paul Reynolds, So Few of Me is a tale of an over-scheduled, multi- list-making, over-worked boy on a journey to get it all done. Of course, that’s not just a tall order, it’s a tall tale. Life’s list never really ends, but we have the power to be ruled by the list… Or to put it down — and dream. You might know a few people in your life that might need a gentle reminder to slow it down a notch. I know I will have to re-read my book once a week to keep myself journeying at a safe speed!