Monday, December 10, 2018

COMPELLED: Week 14 - Loyalty


Welcome to week 14 of a 15-week series where I share quotes, examples, and/or stories about 15 of the characteristics that I believe are demonstrated by Compelled Educators everywhere. 

I hope you will share your favorite quote or story each week in the comments below. You can also leave a comment on the Compelled Educator Facebook page



I really like this definition of LOYALTY on Urban Dictionary: (Words in italics are added by me.)

1. Making something or someone a priority and doing so in small and discrete but meaningful ways.
     As educators, we should be working to build positive relationships with students and others. These relationships take time and consistent effort on our part. 

2. Staying true to someone or something even when other things call attention.
     Being an educator is the best and hardest job in the world. It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of our work, but loyal educators will keep the main thing the main thing. 

3. A way of showing support for a person or thing.
     While it's easy to show support for the easy-to-love, compelled educators find ways to support ALL students.


“If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.” 
– Elbert Hubbard


Billionaire Sam Zell values loyalty and asks these questions:
  • Do you stick with your friend, colleague, or partner when it’s not easy? 
  • Do you consider their circumstances as much as you consider your own?

How do the questions above translate to what we do as educators? We must be loyal to students' needs and circumstances, doing all that we can to support their work and dreams. Additionally, we must be loyal to ourselves, making sure that we are our best selves for others. 


“I don’t care a damn about men who are loyal to the people who pay them.” 
– Graham Greene


In what other ways do educators show loyalty?
What other questions would you add to Sam's that are listed above?


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Monday, December 3, 2018

COMPELLED: Week 13 - Enthusiasm


Welcome to week 13 of a 15-week series where I share quotes, examples, and/or stories about 15 of the characteristics that I believe are demonstrated by Compelled Educators everywhere. 

I hope you will share your favorite quote or story each week in the comments below. You can also leave a comment on the Compelled Educator Facebook page



Enthusiasm as an educator is passion that grows from deeply connecting with one’s work. Enthusiasm for a subject matter is not enough, and enthusiasm for students is not enough (in my opinion.) There must be enthusiasm for students, content, and for connecting the two through engaging lessons. 

There is much research that points to the positive effects of a teacher's enthusiasm, especially towards the intrinsic motivation of a student. A teacher's enthusiasm is contagious and social, and students are more likely to be curious and interested. 

Here are some reflective questions to ask yourself about enthusiasm:

  • How do people stay enthusiastic during adversity?
  • What behaviors must be modeled to demonstrate enthusiasm?
  • What do great leaders do to build enthusiasm?
  • What leadership mistakes dampen enthusiasm?
  • How does perfectionism impact enthusiasm?
  • The opposite of enthusiasm is _______. Why? 
  • How do you sustain enthusiasm?
  • How does being enthusiastic help you? Others?
  • What would you say to someone who thinks that being enthusiastic is just too much trouble?

Want to be more enthusiastic? Here are three ideas that are simple, but not necessarily easy. 

1. To become more enthusiastic, act more enthusiastic. This was the number one rule from former baseball player turned salesman, Frank Bettger. He wrote the book, How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling.

2. Avoid negative people and negative thoughts. Enthusiasm is contagious. A person's energy shows up before he even speaks. Curb negative thoughts by choosing not to dwell on things that can't be changed, and choose to forgive yourself when you make a mistake.

3. Take care of your physical health. This includes diet and exercise. Avoid too many sugary and fat-laden foods, and be sure to stay active. 

If you find these suggestions to be hard to do, enlist an accountability partner or coach to help you. Reach out to me on twitter, and/or share your journey with the hashtag #CompelledEd.


"Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do."  
- Norman Vincent Peale



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