Consider this a look back as we look ahead to the New Year. Perhaps a nugget or two will provide inspiration.
It was back in May of 2010 when I made the decision to begin my first blog. I had 3 goals:
- Experience a new (for me) aspect of social media
- Develop and flesh out new ideas
- Provide something worthwhile—not just another cyber rant.
I believe I have accomplished the first and the second. It is up to you whether I have accomplished the third. My blog posts contain videos, book recommendations and summaries, questions to ponder, and always a takeaway to apply immediately to life.
For this last-of-the-year post, I have returned to each of the previous 51 posts I have made to the blog in 2011—and provided a summary statement about each. I have linked each title to the actual blog should you want to read it or re-read it.
Thank you for your continued support and comments. All the best to you and your family and your friends as you enjoy a wonderful 2012!
- 1. Grounded And Rounded: *Student suggestions on staying focused and moving toward your goals.
- What Do Effective Teachers Do? *An examination of what effective teachers do—and how they care about what they do.
- The Student Perspective: What Do Effective Teachers Do? *A non-scientific survey of my students revealed their Top Ten Characteristics of Effective Teachers.
- The Antidote for Toxic Meetings: Be Brief, Be Bright, and Be Gone! *One of a few posts I wrote this year about the need for leaders NOT to live up to the expectations of dull, boring, and sleep-inducing meetings.
- How to Make Ideas Stick *Six steps (with examples) on how to get your point across to other people. Teachers, managers, parents, and others can benefit from this advice.
- Three Good Things *Promoting an attitude of gratitude.
- Happy Valentine’s Day: The First 35 Years *Thoughts on a “special” wedding anniversary.
- In the Present Moment *Reflections and suggestions for quality down time.
- Stanton College Preparatory School: Alumni Making a Difference *A tribute to past students and a wonderful school.
- An Archaic System? Evaluating Assumptions About Education *We can be short-changing students if we continue on a path of “speed to market” with their education.
- Guns in the Classroom *Florida legislators wanted to allow guns in college classrooms. This did not pass into law.
- What We Say, We Become * With so many words uttered each day, we may forget that what we say does have an impact. On others and on our own growth and wellbeing.
- Saluting Spring! *A Jamaican twist on an old song to help us usher in the good weather.
- Mickey Mantle, Jamaica, and a Leisurely Read *The joy of reading for pleasure.
- Little Pleasures and Great Treasures * Many little things that add up to a great ride.
- Passion, Talent, Money *Finding the “sweet spot” where your talents and passions meet—and you get paid to do it!
- Remembering Dezmond Waters *A tribute to a friend and a community leader.
- Education and Politics: Problems or Solutions? * Do the folks who make the laws governing our schools have the best seat in the educational house to pass judgment?
- We Need More John Hunters * Remembering years ago when, with my students, we experimented; we had fun; we had standards; and we worked. It was a day that teachers were allowed to teach; they had lots of latitude.
- Rethinking Pomp and Circumstance *Thoughts about whether a time-honored tradition has outlived itself.
- Life In The Happy Place! *A tribute to Atlantic Beach, Florida.
- Observations From The Airport *The tile pretty much sums this one up.
- College Completion: Asking the Right Questions *In education, what do we need to stop doing, keep doing, and start doing?
- Words Matter *Ten rules for successful communication from a master of communication (not me!)
- 100 Years of Marriage *Three married couples celebrate 100 years of marriage.
- Teaching: Creating An Experience *Thoughts on what “drives” my teaching.
- Patience. Patience! Patience? *Twelve lessons learned from shoulder surgery.
- Lessons from “Larry Crowne” *Real world applications about the good that community colleges do for our students and society.
- Government Overreach–OR Keeping Parents Accountable? * If a child is obese, should the parent be arrested for child abuse?
- Finding the Sweet Spot of Success and Personal Wellbeing * If we can balance, hone, and focus on each component of our lives we put ourselves in a better place to reach our goals.
- Are You A Critical Thinker? * What passes for critical thought many times is little more than narrow agendas that are presented with little or no objective information.
- The Power of Social Media *Four principles to help you make the most from your social media communication.
- Two Generations of Teachers Make a Difference for Our World *A tribute to a retiring colleague as well as two of the younger teachers who do well for our students and community.
- Lessons from Buddy (My Dog) *One person responded to the blog with, “Sounds like Buddy has life figured out.” He does!
- Thirty Years. A New Semester. Some Enduring Lessons. * I share my appreciation for the opportunity to work with a new group of students and to be a part of (if even in a small way) their journey.
- Sage Suggestions for Students *If you were to speak with a group of college students, what advice would you pass along? See what a Facebook survey yielded.
- I Know…But…! * If you have a presentation to make, please do NOT do these things.
- Dreams–Revisited *Strategies for effective goal setting—and movement.
- Blogging with a Purpose * Blogging is a form of social media that has become part of our culture.
- Hit The Reset Button * Stop. Be. Reset.
- My Forever Friend * Who are the people who are there for you—and you for them? Who are your forever friends? Have you told them lately?
- Going for the Goal * Sometimes mentors can help us…And while they are of incalculable value, there is another resource that sometimes gets ignored. You!
- Redundant Mediocrity * Let’s not accept ongoing-mediocrity. Let’s recognize and celebrate remarkable consistency.
- An Awareness of Civility *Would the corporate world tolerate—let alone accept—the incivility that occurs in our classrooms?
- Building Transformative Relationships *Are you enchanting in your relationships?
- A Code for Life *Elegance of simplicity coupled with the power of integrity.
- Where is Your Get Up and Do? *Procrastination is a dream killer.
- Warholism: What Would We Have Done? * Social media IS a game-changer for all of us. In more than one way.
- Philosophical Differences or Ideological Inflexibility? *Once we commit to an ideological road it becomes increasingly difficult to consider counter arguments or even think about compromise.
- Psychic Wages and Passion *The rewards of teaching—former students teaching current students.
- Time to Hit the Reset Button: Reprise * While we may not always have the opportunity to find, at the needed time, a quiet place to just “be,” the advice is worth heeding. Stop. Be. Reset.
- A Blogger’s Retrospective: 2011 in Review *Here it is. The annual review of the year’s titles for this blog.
Enjoy your week—and H.T.R.B. as needed!
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