Heard of the knowing-doing gap? It’s a term used in education and
in business… it means sometimes we know things, but we don’t always do them.
Having a positive mindset and belief system will help us to DO them and narrow
or eliminate that gap.
Dr. Charles Garfield is a renowned
researcher in the area of high- achieving individuals. One of the main things
his research showed was that almost all peak performers are visualizers. They
see it; they feel it; they experience it before they actually do it.
Affirmations are positive sentences that you repeat to yourself
each day. Over time, you can change your mindset.
Covey uses this example: “It is deeply satisfying (emotional) that
I (personal) respond (present tense) with wisdom, love, firmness, and
self-control (positive) when my children misbehave.”
To make the affirmations even more
powerful, visualize your affirmation in your mind’s eye or create a visual
display. Brain research tells us just how powerful visualization is. If you
visualize a red apple sitting in front of you, your brain doesn't know if youliterallysaw a red apple or not. Your brain
can’t distinguish between real and imagined experiences.
Do you ever use daily affirmations?
What other suggestions would you give to someone who is trying to
reach a goal or close the knowing-doing gap?
Below is a guest post by one of Hoover High School's teachers, Sara Taylor. She recently hosted a day for second graders to visit her classroom so that they could be taught by high school students for part of the day. Talk about authentic assessment! Sara was so excited and proud of her students for the incredible job they did that day.... I asked her to write a blog post describing the experience so that I could share it with you. Enjoy!
Ocean Fun Day: 2nd
Graders Visit Hoover High School Marine Science
by Sara Taylor
It all started with Open House – one of
my student’s parents teaches second grade and asked if I would ever want to coordinate
to have our kids work together somehow.
“Yes!” was my instinctual response at the idea, and visions of
possibilities began flashing in my mind.
After many drafts of figuring out the
setup, the concepts, and logistics, I came up with something I’d never done
before: a plan to host a second grade class during normal school hours, with
all of my students and 2nd graders in one classroom. Chaotic?
Perhaps, but we’ll give it a whirl!
Here’s how it went down:
The setup for the day was to have my
students teach the 2nd graders in a station arrangement, staying
with their 2nd graders as they moved from station to station. Since the concepts were all things they had
learned this semester, it served as a fantastic semester review for them.
Here’s a list of the stations:
·Why the ocean is important
·Beach safety (stingrays,
jellyfish, beach flags)
·Sand from around the world
·Sand experiment (how to tell if it
has seashells or coral in it)
·Beach in a bucket (beach discovery
Stations where the students could touch the animals:
The day before the 2nd graders
came, I had my students visit each station to feel prepared for the next day
and know what they would be teaching at each station.
As a pre-activity for the 2nd graders,
I sent Mrs. Galey a brief PowerPoint and video clips. I wanted to be sure that the kids had some
pre-instruction on rules for touching the creatures to ensure they were handled
properly, while also cultivating enthusiasm and excitement for the day.
Here are a few slides:
As soon as the 2nd graders
arrived, it was off to the races! My
students took the reins and started teaching right away. The “little” kids got Ocean Discovery binders
to fill in as they went to each station (which, by the way, they were so excited
that they were able to keep them!). When
it was time for the bell to switch classes, I noticed some of the 2nd
graders were sad to see their high school buddies go. Several of the 2nd graders watched
in awe in the halls as the students traveled to their next class. When the next period arrived, the high
schoolers took over seamlessly where the last period had left off. It was incredible to see the high school
kids so confident and enthusiastic as they taught the 2nd
graders. The 2nd graders were
in complete adoration and eager to learn from the “big” kids. I found myself being impressed and pleasantly
surprised many times as I heard my students explain concepts accurately and
enthusiastically. Many glowed like I had
never seen! There were many touching moments
when 2nd graders stepped outside of their comfort zone to hold a sea
urchin, practice the “stingray shuffle,” or ask an inquisitive question to
their high school buddy.
When they returned to their school, the 2nd
graders wrote thank you letters to me and my students. It was heartwarming to see how much they
enjoyed the experience and learned. I
couldn’t resist reading many of the letters to my students, and the “awws” and
expressions on their faces revealed that they were just as affected.
Not nearly as chaotic as I had thought it might be. The 2nd graders were very
well-behaved thanks to Mrs. Galey’s magic, and the structure of the station
learning provided authentic engagement for both levels of students. All in all, an incredibly rewarding day for
teachers and students alike!
Today was definitely a Monday. The outfit I was going to wear didn't look right. Then I picked out a new outfit, and the black hose I was going to wear had a hole in them. Then on the way to school, I spilled coffee all down the front of my coat and scarf. My initial reaction, I admit, was this...
Then I took a deep breath, and reminded myself what I always tell my students:
"You can only control what you can control."
I'm usually telling them that they can't control what other people say and do, they can only control how they respond to it.
So after another deep breath, I thought of the serenity prayer.
I remember my mom having this serenity prayer in a frame in our house when I was in junior high. I've shared it with my husband. I've said it to my sister.
Today I said it to me.
And when I got to work (and all day when I had a moment), I played my favorite Christmas song.
I think Casting Crowns is amazing... their soulful sound speaks to me! My day got better and I tonight I get to end it with a twitter chat with my awesome PLN. What are we discussing tonight?
Do you ever have mornings like this? How do you stay positive?