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The things you own end up owning you.

Fight Club

Teaching ideas

Consensogram for discussion -- based on the Baldridge Continuous Improvement training tool for teams to individually identify important topics, categorize into groupings, and then "vote" on for the consensogram.

The Empathic Teacher (the mindful high school classroom) (http://empathicteacher.com) has some creative ideas about reading, literature, and working with students.

Planning

  • Consider Not Setting Goals is a different approach to planning! Based on the Harvard Business Blog "Consider Not Setting Goals in 2013" by Peter Bregman.
    • remember that often quoted story (Zig Ziglar and other motivational speakers) of the 3% that set goals? Urban myth! One problem is that the upside has been exaggerated and the downside has been ignored (see Goals Gone Wild: The Systematic Side Effects of Over-Prescribing Goal Setting identify specific side effects associated with goal setting, including a narrow focus that neglects non-goal areas, a rise in unethical behavior, distorted risk preferences, corrosion of organizational culture, and reduced intrinsic motivation. Rather than dispensing goal setting as a benign, over-the-counter treatment for motivation, managers and scholars need to conceptualize goal setting as a prescription-strength medication that requires careful dosing, consideration of harmful side effects, and close supervision.
    • so what is the alternative to setting goals (beyond the other care and consideration)? Choose to concentrate on areas of focus in your life. From Peter Bregman: A goal defines an outcome you want to achieve; an area of focus establishes activities you want to spend your time doing. A goal is a result; an area of focus is a path. A goal points to a future you intend to reach; an area of focus settles you into the present.
  • The Empathic Teacher also focuses on goals and productivity, starting her writing with a great verse:
moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.
–Ecclesiastes 3:13
  • and follows this up with her take on productivity vs pleasure in toil:
So often I focus on productivity in my teaching: getting to school early, making to-do lists, organizing my day to accomplish tasks at certain times (difficult grading in the morning, easy grading while I eat lunch, photocopying for the next day during 7th period, answering e-mail after school, etc.) But this year, I want to focus on taking pleasure in my toil. Keeping in mind that productivity measures do keep me sane and thereby facilitate pleasure, how else can I focus on just enjoying my work?

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~Lao Tzu

Kayaking

June 2013 Photographs

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain

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