The Cardinal Way
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Leading and Learning: DO IT RIGHT
It is early September in Indiana and the grass is still growing. There has been an unusual amount and rain and sun that has kept it that way. As I drive home from work each day, I notice how some lawns that are still kept in immaculate condition and others are starting to look a little worse. Weeds are starting to go untrimmed around houses and trees and the regularity of mowing is decreasing putting more time between cuts.
But, it is evident that some are putting a little more effort into keeping things looking nice even in late summer. So, you may be thinking at this point - what does this have to do with education or the improvement topics I have posted about in the past. Well, I believe this relates to a much bigger topic; I feel this relates to our daily work and lives. There are two types of ways to do a job, you can work to just get the task done, or you can do it right. The attention to detail and effort put into doing something the right way is vital to success. Anything in life that is worth doing is worth doing well. My parents will tell you that I have not always been that type of person. Growing up, I was much more concerned with just getting things done so I could do what I want, rather than making sure I gave my best effort. My first-grade teacher would also agree as I tended to color the entire picture one color so it would be done. Nothing looked better than a coloring book picture of Superman saving the world colored entirely in green. But, as I have gained some age, maturity, and perspective, I have found the joy in putting everything you have into what you do. I have learned that success and winning take detail and effort. Rarely in life, will you stumble into greatness. If you want to achieve greatness; if you want to be successful at work; if you want to create an engaging lesson for your students; if you want good grades; if you want to win the next game you must be willing to do what it takes. These things do not come easy and they will not happen by just getting things done. You must be willing to give your best at everything you do. I am not saying it must be perfect, but it must be done right. I know this year has been difficult for many reasons, but we must continue to do things the right way every day. I believe that if we stay at it, we will get everything back on track. It will not be tomorrow, but it will come. Do things right every day, every time and there is a world of possibilities out there waiting for us!
Be a Cardinal; Change Lives; Put a Mission into Motion
Thank you to:
- everyone for dealing with power outages and random fire alarms this week.
A special thank you to our cafeteria staff for working around the power outage on Monday to still get lunch ready on time!
Grateful Friday Challenge
Next week brings the Autumn Equinox (Wednesday). So that means that today is officially the last Friday of summer… cue music…. Soak Up the Sun. It won’t be long now until we are dealing with the frigid temps of winter, but currently, all we can think of is the random fluctuations of temperature here in mid-September.
We have a lot to celebrate as we wrap up another week and we notice that Fall Break is only 15 school days away from the end of this one. We often get so caught up in the what’s next that we forget to live in the what’s now. Today we have to make this day -- the last Friday of summer -- the last day of the week -- the best day we have had yet! We need to look for the positive and celebrate the little things. We need to live today like it is the most important day of the school year.
Today let’s live it up, celebrate the end of summer with your classes, take a moment to reflect on where you need to go and how all the things that you are doing now are leading to that place. Pat a colleague on the back for a job well done, or give one to yourself! You deserve it.
Celebrate on! With banners flying as we go! #FlyAsONE
180 Days of Learning -- #CardsLearn
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