Day 4: The Shakopee WayPosted: August 31, 2012
Today we had our All District meeting where our superintendent introduced new goals in the district. The picture above is goal number one. I sat on one of the focus groups for hiring this superintendent, and one of the things that impressed us was his ability (as demonstrated in two previous districts) to unify the schools under common goals and vision, with positive results. This is his second year, and I am looking forward to seeing where this unification leads the district.
Additionally we heard from Eric Chester, a motivational speaker specializing in helping organizations (primarily on the business side of things) deal with the general entitlement (his words) of generation Y. His speech was generally good, though there were a few odd pieces (when giving an example of 2 good and one bad student, the bad student was the only one with a non-white sounding name, for example). Even so, it was a good speech for us to hear, with two main solid points;
1) Eric claims that the old adage “If you do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get what you’ve always gotten” is false in reference to teaching today’s youth. If we do what we’ve always done, we’re going to get nothing.
2) Work isn’t always fun, but part of any job is to do the job no matter what. I think this applies just as much to us as teachers as to the students; things like dressing professionally, getting to work on time, and obeying rules are certainly worthy of mention for some teachers.
All in all, it was a nice start to the year, and I can’t wait for students on Tuesday!