Falcon Focus

March 21, 2016

11 Thoughts About Teamwork by Jon Gordon



1. Teams rise and fall on culture, leadership, relationships, attitude and effort.

Great teams have a great culture driven by great leadership. Relationships are meaningful and teammates are connected. The collective attitude is very positive and everyone on the team works hard to accomplish their mission.

2. It’s all about teamwork. Sometimes you are the star and sometimes you help the star.

3. If want to be truly great you have to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player. I tell this to athletes all the time but the same is true for any profession. When we work hard to be a great team member we make everyone around us better.

4. Your team doesn’t care if you are a superstar. They care if you are a super team member.

5. Three things you control every day are your attitude, your effort and your actions to be a great teammate. It doesn’t matter what is happening around you and who you think is being unfair. Every day you can focus on being positive, working hard and making others around you better. If you do that great things will happen.

6. One person can’t make a team but one person can break a team. Stay positive!

Make sure you don’t let energy vampires sabotage your team. Post a sign that says “No Energy Vampires” allowed and keep them off the bus. Most importantly, decide to stay positive.

7. Great team members hold each other accountable to the high standards and excellence their culture expects and demands.

8. Team beats talent when talent isn’t a team.

9. Great teams care more. They care more about their effort, their work and their team members.

10. We > me Unity is the difference between a great team and an average team. United teams are connected and committed to each other. They are selfless instead of selfish. They put the team first and know together we accomplish more.

11. You and your team face a fork in the road each day. You can settle for average and choose the path of mediocrity or you can take the road less traveled and chase greatness. It’s a choice you make each day. Which path will your team take?


-Jon

To Do's and Calendar Updates


  • Week of March 21st - PLC Math Protocol - Complete on your own and post your dots on the data board. Click here to access the protocol to complete with your team this upcoming week. It is due by Thursday afternoon. Thanks!


  • March 22nd: BBQ luncheon money due


  • March 23rd: Fire Drill 8:20


  • March 24th: Progress Report Grades Due


  • March 24th: BBQ Luncheon - thanks kinder!!!


  • March 25th: Student/Teacher Holiday


  • March 28th: Progress Monitoring for K-3 (not fourth grade due to STAAR testing)


  • March 29th: Writing and Grammar Benchmark and STAAR Writing - Everybody writes! This is the day to get your writing benchmark complete. Grammar needs to be complete either this day or sometime this week. Once the writing is complete, begin grading the papers using your rubrics, so that we can analyze on April 5th.


  • April 1st: Put a Cap on Diabetes - Pay a dollar to wear a cap.


  • April 2nd: Diabetes Walk


  • April 4th -8th: Third and Fourth Grade STAAR benchmark. Farah will send the adjusted schedule for co-curr, etc....


SAVE THE DATE: Keller University July 18th-21st!!!

Professional Development and Learning - Faculty Meetings, PLC's, and Kelly Leach Visits


  • March 10th, 24th and April 14th: Second round of guided reading walkthroughs and coaching sessions K-4.


  • March 22nd: Faculty Meeting - Agenda: Required STAAR Training



  • March 24th: The district Instructional Rounds Network Team will be at Florence on Thursday to complete walkthroughs around our Problem of Practice. They will be in most classrooms and in some classrooms more than once. Click here to access the questioning document that you all worked on during our professional development day.
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