RRR: Day 2

Day 2. Amazing.

I have a teaching crush on John Samara! Jon Gordon was equally impressive as a motivational speaker.

It’s funny how both men spoke about different topics but the resounding theme was the same: Relationships matter.

John Samara mostly presented on the instructional categories for an effective classroom. In the short time he had to present, he placed an emphasis on building a positive classroom environment through having a clear objective, making the content relevent to the students and implementing predictable procedures.

What I learned from John Samara’s presentation was how to write a really outstanding objective. John encourages teachers to always be mindful of the cognitive verb that teachers are teaching to. Pay attention to your state standards. Often time, the depth of understanding required by the state is very clearly stated in the standard. The objective shouldn’t be written on the board and ignored. Involve your students in reading, writing, and evaluating the objective everyday. Can they do what the objective states they can do? Below is a template, presented by John Samara, on writing objectives. (Also included is a helpful chart of Bloom’s cognitive Verbs.)

An example of an objective for this blog post might be: Today we will being to recognize the parts of an effective objective using resources from MrsMandySager@wordpress.com and John Samara’s presentation over instructional practices.

Jon Gordon was the keynote speaker on Day Two. Jon mostly discussed the importance of being positive. According to Jon, you can’t go to work expecting your job to make you happy. Instead,  you go to work with purpose and passion for what you’re doing and happiness will find you. He talked about having a “rookie mind-set.” Have you ever noticed the young professionals in your building seem to enthusiastic and eager? On the other hand, the “veterans” (notice I didn’t call them “old” because young people can fall into this “veteran” mind-set too) always talk about the good ol’ days. You know before STAAR, or TAKS, or TAAS, or whatever state assessment they deemed to be less intrusive to their teaching. Jon talked about having the same passion and purpse as that rookie teacher. He encouraged all of us to come up with one word to focus on throughout the upcoming school year. One word to focus our attention, help us make decisions, and improve our attitude. He suggested words like: purpose, focus, perseverance, intentional, kindness…

What I learned from Jon Gordon’s presentation is to be more patient and positive. Sitting there, listening to his presentation, made me realize that the root of a lot of my negatively comes from my lack of patient. I want everyone to see my vision for our school or department and jump on board rightnow. Let’s go! Carpe Diem! So my word for next year is: patience. I need to be patient. I need to slow down and do a better job of building relationships before I expect my students, parents, or co-workers to jump on board with some new idea I’ve dreamed up.

I’ve got the rookie mind-set. Now I just need the veteran’s patience.

P.S. You can visit Jon’s website at: http://www.jongordon.com/


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