Weekly Coaching Communication

Make it a great day -- every day!

15 - 19 February 2016

On the Standards Front . . .

For the last two morning meetings, opposite data teams, we have explored Growth Mindset to gain a better understanding of what it is and what we can do to foster and teach it to others. Although Carol Dweck is the guru of growth mindset, Trevor Ragan offers a little more engaging look at growth mindset through his website Train Ugly. Ragan's mission goes beyond just the growth mindset to being a permanent part of change.

I encourage you to visit Ragan's Blog site for more great, engaging reads and opportunities for reflection about your own growth mindset. in this posting, Ragan shares how choice is a part of growth mindset. Enjoy the read.



A tiger living in the zoo has an easy life, a safe life, a life free of struggle and mistakes. It spends all of it’s time in it’s comfort zone where it looks good – but where learning and growth just don’t happen.

A tiger living in the wild experiences struggle, pain, failure, hungry nights, danger – but the experiences and challenges presented in the wild allow it to learn, grow, and do things that the zoo tiger could never even fathom.

Tigers don’t really have a choice in the matter. They are either in the zoo or in the wild.

We are lucky. We get to make that choice – every single day.

The truth is…

We are IN the wild! And we can choose to experience it – like a jungle tiger or we can put up our comfort-zone cage and hide from it – like a zoo tiger.

Hiding = shutting down
Hiding = perfecting
Hiding = performing
Hiding = making excuses
Hiding = not feeling
Hiding = a zoo tiger life that is easy, safe, and looks good – but one with little struggle, no challenge, and no growth.

The Jungle Tiger will feel more, fail more, will struggle more…

and will live, experience, grow and get more out of every situation that it’s met with.

That drill in practice
The project in school
The conversation with your boss
The person sitting next to you on your flight
The personal struggles and tension I’m feeling right now as I write this post

Are ALL part of the wild. They all present us with opportunities to learn, grow, and live.

Will we experience them or hide from them? The choice is ours.

And to be real – I’ve caught myself hiding a lot lately. I’ve had some real conversations with incredible friends and realized that I’ve been doing a lot more performing and perfecting than living and experiencing. It’s been a tough thing for me to confront but my plan is to commit to the daily battle, to make the choice, to embrace the wild, and to appreciate and experience it ALL – like a jungle tiger.


Quick Clicks

Quotation of the Week . . .

I am beyond fortunate to be working with the marvelous students, teachers, support staff and administration in this building and district. So in accord with Valentine's Day, I wanted to share the love I have for CPU and the passion I have for teaching and education. It's the people that make coming to school every day so delightful, and the choice to better myself for the benefit of others such an easy one.

I appreciate all that you do, and it is my hope that I make the choice to better yourself for the benefits of others as easy as it is for me to choose. May your passion and love for CPU stay firm and your resolve stay true. Happy Valentine's Day!




Coaching Schedule -- see Google Calendar for specific "Busy" times **schedule subject to change**

Sunday, 14 February -- Valentine's Day . . . appreciate the people closest to you!

Monday, 15 February -- NO SCHOOL -- President's Day

Tuesday, 16 February

  • Serve Teachers & Students
  • Classroom Observations
  • Research & Resources

Wednesday, 17 February -- Data Teams 7:30 HS Library

  • Serve Teachers & Students
  • Classroom Observations
  • Research & Resources

Thursday, 18 February

  • Serve Teachers & Students
  • Classroom Observations
  • Research & Resources
  • Meeting w/ Susan Parker (GWAEA Math Consultant) 1:00-3:00 PM @ HS

Friday, 19 February

  • Meeting w/ Dawn Arnold @ Benton Community
  • IC Team Meeting @ High School
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