As Veterans Day is approaching and Patton is preparing for our assembly, I was doing some research for possible videos to run at the assembly. These two really caught my attention. While I did not serve in any branch of the military, I am related to many who do. One thing that I was encouraged to do was to always thank those who served. At first, it was a little uncomfortable to walk up to a complete stranger and say, "Thank you for your service." However, the more I did it, the easier it became. It's a simple act to thank someone, however, for some reason, it isn't always the easiest.
I would like to challenge you to thank those who have served and are currently serving for their dedication to our country. I think you will find that your simple "thank you" will be provide encouragement to our service men and women. Keep your eyes open, and thank a Veteran.
Eric Larson | Principal, Patton Elementary School
Yesterday at Patton, we closed out our three day institute with this video. This TED talk gets right at the heart of teaching and why so many of us got into the field. Educators have such extraordinary influence on the lives of children. You get to spend an entire year with your students. How are you going to make a difference for them?
This TED Talk on the possibilities of being wrong is very spot on when I listen to it in the context of my own thinking. When I'm really being honest about myself, I can relate to and understand so much of what she has to say.
How do you relate to your colleagues, staff, students, etc.? What is your capacity to admit and embrace wrongness?
I ran across this simple, yet powerful video about a month ago. Typically I don't find myself returning to videos repeatedly. This one however, has really stuck with me. I have caught myself contemplating the power behind the message. One of hopes for my students, parents, and staff is that this message will resonate with them too. My door is open. If you have an idea, let's talk about it. Who knows where it might lead?