Monday, November 14, 2016

Teaching Tip #52

Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #52
This summer I found several books stashed in my home mailbox.  The person left a very nice note about my passion for teaching.  The person had listened to the author talk a few days earlier and was now giving me some of his books.
The first one is Passion! 8 Steps to Find Yours.
Try a Bunch of Stuff – Guy Kawasaki calls this “plant a thousand seeds.”  Instead of putting all of your time and effort into just ONE project and then spend all of your energy developing it or pitching it to others, start a lot of projects and seeing which ones take off or which ones appeal most to you.
Our students today are so blessed to be able to do this easily.  When I grew up in RLF in the late 1980’s, in the fall there was pretty much one thing to do: football.  Now, luckily, that matched up well with a passion of mine.  But that wasn’t true for many others.
Today, though, if you don’t like football, try Cross Country.  If sports aren’t your thing, try Student Senate or Robotics or Math League or Yearbook or Key Club . . . You never know where you will discover a new passion or maybe your ONE passion that will change everything.

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