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Richland Elementary

Week of September 19-23, 2016

GROWTH CORNER: The Law of Intentionality - Part 2

During this month of September we will continue to explore, learn and apply the Law of Intentionality to our daily work as educators. Last week the focus was on understanding the difference between Accidental and Intentional Growth as it related to the development of our student and professional growth goals. Our goals, actions, timeline and professional development opportunities must be intentional so we can have an outcome that demonstrates our growth during the school year.


This week we will focus on changing the direction of things and what we can do about it. In chapter 1 of his book "The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth" John Maxwell talks about "The Expectation Gap - I Thought It Would Be Easier Than This". Here is what he says:

  • "I don't know any successful person who thinks growth comes quickly and climbing to the top is easy. It just doesn't happen. People create their own luck. How? Here's the formula: Preparation (growth) + Attitude + Opportunity + Action (doing something about it) = Luck. It all starts with preparation. Unfortunately, that takes time. But here's the best news. As Jim Rohn said, "You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight." If you want to reach your goals and fulfill your potential, become intentional about personal growth. It will change your life.

After being in school for a little over a month the truth about education and what it entails has become a reality for all of us. What we thought it would be, how our kids would behave, what they would know may or may not be what we have thought about or expected and hence the phrase "I thought it would be easier than this". For some of us the final destination may not be as clear as it was before the start of school. Here is the good news, just like Jim Rohn said, "You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight". We cannot wait to reach our destination to reflect on whether our direction was the correct one of not. Every day in front of our students, parents and colleagues is an opportunity to reflect on our direction, our actions, our words, our thoughts and make an intentional decision to learn, GROW, and succeed. Each one of you has been intentionally chosen to complete the task assigned to you. Let's make our own luck. We all have the preparation required, let's add the right attitude, let's look at each opportunity and let's take ACTION!!

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Calendar of Events: September 19th-30th, 2016

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GSPD Conferences

Goal Setting and Professional Development Plan conferences will continue this week. Make sure that you are reviewing your Outlook calendar for date and time.

Tech Day #1

Our first Tech Day One visit will be this Wednesday, September 21st. This day is for all Professional Staff, this includes K through Sixth, SPED, Specials, Nurse, Counselor and Librarian. If you are not sure if this meeting applies to you, please e-mail Janeye Pritchard, Integrated Technology Specialist. This will be the first of your three required Technology Integrated Credit meetings. This session is not optional. If you are unable to attend for any reason, you need to email Janeye so she can make arrangements for your make up session which will be held at the PDC.


Follow the steps below prior to our meeting so we can make sure you get all of the needed resources and credit for your professional development hours. We will be meeting in the computer lab. Please be prepared to sign into your RISD Google account during our meeting. If you do not know your RISD Google login, please contact your campus Google Guide prior to our meeting. This meeting will take a full 45 minutes, so please do your best to arrive on time. All participants who arrive on time (5 minutes after planning begins) will be entered to win a prize at the end of the day.

Prior to this meeting:

  • Enroll in Google Classroom

    • Classroom.google.com

      • Login with @g.risd.org username

      • Click the Plus in the top right corner

      • Click Join Class

      • Enter the following classroom code: qc0ug29

      • This is where we will audit your credit. If you are not enrolled in our classroom, we won’t be able to check you off for credit.