This week some of my long-held beliefs were tested. Initially, I was uncomfortable with the challenge. I felt my protective walls being raised and my focus narrowing. But then, I stopped for a moment and leaned on one of my all-time favorite phrases. It became my mantra for the week and what a powerful difference
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In the spirit of spring and the opportunity to shed the old and start fresh, your Zap of Wynn this week offers you an experiment you can do to build a new confidence in your teaching. This confidence is not just a feeling of, “yeah, I teach;” rather it is the assurance that teaching according to your beliefs is enough for your students and you do not have to fall victim to insecurities around standardized testing.
This time of year, I see so much over teaching. In talking with teachers I hear the concern in their voices and their words let me know it is the looming benchmarks and tests that have them over teaching. No matter what grade you teach, you feel it in the air- the last push
Teaching is a consistent high-intensity job. Interactions with students, parents, administrators, colleagues, community members, lesson preparation, materials preparation and the like make for exhausting days and evenings. As a teacher you must be aware of things that require high level intensity from you and the things that take a toll on you. Then, you must
Using Authenticity, Specificity, and Positivity to Your Benefit Thanks for taking a moment to check out this week’s Zap of Wynn. Today we focus on building and solidifying your reputation as a great teacher. I’ve seen many teachers spared the respect they deserved because they didn’t attend to this one aspect of the job with
Too damn long! Week 6 Day 3 of the Couch to 5K program required me to jog for 25 full minutes. I did not know that was coming. Two workouts ago I jogged 20 minutes. My last workout was two 10-minute segments broken apart by a three minute walk. When I walked out the door
I’ll confess. I’m a 43 year old woman who wanted to see the Katy Perry movie. Yep- I said it. It was my choice to see the movie. So many songs. By the end of the movie, I felt as if I had actually attended one of her concerts. Which is fine by me because
My son’s keys, identification, and phone were stolen. Call us paranoid or say we’re very responsible. It doesn’t matter to me. The truth is I called the locksmith to change our home locks. As long as we’re talking truth, I should disclose that we really needed to change the locks a long time ago. Our
While in Manhattan recently, I was enamored with all the dogs being walked by their owners in the late evening. There were so many dogs of so many varieties that I finally had to start taking pictures. I simply felt pulled to capture them- regardless of the fact that I have no real camera skills!
Want to be phenomenal at something? Do you have 10,000 hours to devote to it? That’s what it takes to be really awesome. Well, that and some opportunities and luck. I’ve been reading the book Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, and that’s the finding he’s uncovered so far. To be really great at something, you need