Sunday, August 30, 2015

5 Secrets to Solve Any Problem in your Classroom

5 Secrets to Solve Any Problem in your Classroom and School

Problems arise in schools when parents, students, staff or policy decisions compromise the student's ability to thrive socially, emotionally and academically. High-stakes test and punish, bureaucratic top-down solutions, motivating students through fear and embarrassment, endless school reforms, school austerity and 30 years of devastating attacks on poor public schools. The teaching profession has created endless problems that seem unsolvable. The teaching profession has endless problems that must be dealt with every minute of the day, some may seem unsolvable, immovable or out of our control. Teachers that appease, compromise or blame others to avoid conflict will not find harmony and job fulfillment or real student success. 

What methods do you and your colleagues use for classroom and school success? Sean Taylor

“There is a way to solve the toughest problems we face, even those that look unsolvable. There is a path that cuts through nearly all life’s dilemmas and deep divisions. There is a way forward. It’s not your way, and it’s not my way. It’s a higher way. It’s a better way than any of us have thought of before. I call it the 3rd-Alternative” (Stephen Covey).

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. Pat Riley

My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

1. Teacher Leadership and Teacher Training

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially

when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. Nelson Mandela

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
W. Clement Stone

2. Classroom Management and Classroom Organization 

The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life. Stephen Covey

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. Napoleon Hill

3. Motivation and Selling your Ideas

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek. Mario Andretti

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower

4. School Operations and Logistics

As someone who flew two space capsules and twice landed in the ocean, I can attest from personal experience how much logistics work is needed to get you home. Buzz Aldrin

The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge. Rene Descartes

The intellectually sophisticated person is indifferent to all genuine individuality, because relationships and reactions result from it which cannot be exhausted with logical operations. Georg Simmel.

5. Flexibility, Collaboration and a Growth Mindset Built IN!

As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. Amy Poehler

If people work together in an open way with porous boundaries - that is, if they listen to each other and really talk to each other - then they are bound to trade ideas that are mutual to each other and be influenced by each other. That mutual influence and open system of working creates collaboration. Richard Thomas.

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