Stivers' Scoop

The Jump Right In Edition-2/3/2015

Left Shark or Right Shark?

Perhaps you watched Katy Perry's half-time performance during the Super Bowl. In one part of her show, two dancing sharks joined the singer on stage (I felt like I was at a Jimmy Buffet concert...Parrot Heads unite). The right shark appeared to be following the choreographed moves and danced alongside the pop star in perfect rhythm. The left shark, however, clearly danced to his own tune and failed to fall into the synchronization of the routine. In fact, Left Shark went all out ROGUE by rocking out the moves of the "Macarena" and "YMCA!" Because Left Shark swam off onto a path of his own, Left Shark has endured 48 hours of biting scrutiny, chomping criticism, and a feeding frenzy of support.


"Left shark is an artiste!" By S.E. Cupp-CNN

"But neither the general public nor the media seem to appreciate just how much work goes into an interpretive, character-based dance such as the one Left Shark performed last night, and how easy it is, if you are committed to your craft, to lose yourself in the moment."


Left Shark clearly broke the mold of shark dancing with his flailing fins. He got lost in his craft and took a major risk by not following Right Shark's and Katy Perry's lead. Did Left Shark's risk of his choppy moves pay off, or did he get schooled? Many viewers took the bait and supported Left Shark for being his own shark and for taking a huge risk. He got the job done but in a different, more exciting way. Left Shark's risk-taking casted him into a net of fame and notoriety that can only be rivaled by Jaws himself. How does this apply to our work at the Wild, Wild West?


When you think about the craft of teaching and learning you are committed to, do you find yourself taking risks like Left Shark, or are you more of a Right Shark type-of-teacher? I encourage you to channel your inner Left Shark (I know he is within each of you) and take some risks in your classroom. Give the power of discovery to our kids through our increased integration of instructional technology. Let our kids do the leading in inquiry-based learning opportunities. Lead our kids in the learning. Be innovative in your approach. Kick your students out of the boat (figuratively, of course) and let them tread some water as they learn how to swim (offer life preservers when necessary). Support the notion of student risk-taking through discourse and exploration and ALWAYS celebrate the outcomes whatever those may be (failure or something extraordinary like a new discovery or deeper learning). Fins to the left. Fins to the right. Jump right in and take a risk!

Where in the World is Mrs. Stivers this Week?

Just Keep Swimming!

Wednesday, 2/4-Admin team at Central office. WMS in the afternoon. World Language Committee @ 4

Thursday, 2/5-WMS

Friday, 2/6-WMS

Monday-2/9-MLCHS & WMS, Steps to CCR Revision @4

Tuesday-2/10-Cultural Proficiency Institute in Louisville