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10 Questions to Pounder to Live a Life of Clarity

Welcome to my bathroom. I’m in the shower. This is where I think well.

There is a thought-inducing power that the warm feeling and soothing sound of constant water showers have on the mind of a person.

As I think through life’s most important and challenging questions, I humbly realize that just because I’m asking the questions doesn’t mean I know all the answers.

Therefore, in that spirit, I will now list some questions for you that I hope offer you more clarity as you travel through life.

If you have ideas or answers to any of these questions, leave them in the comments below. Anything is welcome.-

1. What makes playgrounds so incredibly appealing to children?

2. What keeps a person in a particular routine?

3. Why do we find it challenging to keep our living space organized?

4. Why do some people continue destructive behavior, even after seeing the destructive nature of their actions?

5. Why do some consider education or learning as work or a chore?

6. Why is work considered bad?

7. What is the difference between focusing on a solution versus the problem?

8. Do “cliques” still exist during adulthood?

9. What are we making excuses FOR?

10. Why do we take more than we give?

If you have ideas or answers to any of these questions, leave them in the comments below. Anything is welcome.

Happy poundering.

 

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The Top 5 Questions for Parents

Do you ever feel as though there is a communication barrier between you and the parents of your students? As teachers, we all seem to get into our own little world, focusing in on the success of the students we teach. There is nothing wrong with this intense focus. However, it seems that teachers feel as though there is a communication breakdown between them and parents sometimes that can hinder the progress of students. My goal in this article is to give you five simple, yet direct, questions that you can ask parents that will extract the most amount of information in the shortest amount of time. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page no matter how crazy life gets.

 

  1. What problems has your child voiced? The reason for this question is worded this way is because of two key words; problems and voiced. This is key because children really feel strongly about something when they voice it out loud and, more importantly, when they voice it multiple times.
  2. How can I make the homework better? There is a passive message in this question. Embedded within this question is the message of flexibility. Every student learns differently and this question shows the parent that you are willing to be flexible to the learning needs of the student. This further proves your commitment to the educational success of their child.
  3. Would you like to see a class? Even if a parent declines, which most will, this question voice to them that you are open to them monitoring the class. That’s right, I said “monitoring.” Even if we don’t want to admit it parents like to monitor what we do because they like to know how their children are being influenced, as they should. Therefore, by asking this question you passively tell them that you are open to them witnessing a “day-in-the-life” of your class.
  4. Are you clear? This direct question ensures that the parent is clear on what the student is working on. Make sure to allow the parent to know that there are only two things to clear on. Those are as follows:  1. Subject 2. Work in the subject. Example: 1. Math 2. Addition. If the parent is clear on this they will feel as though they remain having their thumb on the pulse of what their child is doing. This empowers them and strengthens your relationship with them.
  5. Is your child being challenged? This question is important for two reasons. The first being that if a child is not being challenged he can progress and will get bored. Second, this further shows that you are committed to the success of your students. I know I sound like a broken record with this message but, this is incredibly crucial to portray and demonstrate as a teaching leader. Your commitment to the success of your students is a message that you should be voiced to the students, parents and fellow teachers once daily, at least. Therefore, by asking this question you find another way to slip this message in and follow through on that commitment, ensuring that they continue to grow via continuously challenging them.

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Want to Improve Your lessons? Ask These 4 Questions

 

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It seems that there are teachers that are always looking to improve the way they teach and the way the impact their students. If you are of this mindset, then this information is for you. I believe that every teacher wants to make a better impact in the lives of their students. I believe that every teacher wants to be a better communicator of the message of hope and inspiration. I just think that teachers sometimes lack the resources and motivation in order to execute the actions required for this aspiration for the future. My goal is to produce an aid here in this piece by giving you the tools in the form of four critical questions to ask of yourself, propelling you into teaching success.


1.  What is the overall skill I want my students to implement into their lives?

The answer to this question must come from deep inside you based in a foundation of values towards the greater whole of education. You will find the answer in the nature of a mission statement. Some examples may include the following:

  • “I want my students to implement kindness towards others in all of their interactions.”
  • “I want my student to implement discipline in their daily lives.”
  • “I want my students to implement the skill of direct communication in the work place.”

This is a skill that will be embedded within the subject that you teach. If you teach english, you may select communication. If you instruct sports, you may select discipline. But, no matter the subject your overarching skill should be one that transfers to other areas of their life, after they have left your council.

 

2. Who are you teaching?

Understanding you students is an extremely critical components to effective instruction. I’m not simply speaking in terms of surface level understanding. Rather, getting to know their fears and aspirations are extremely valuable for guiding them to a successful life. Ask leading questions that give you a sense, without prying, of what they want out of life. Again, not simply the surface level things like a good job or a health. Instead, try to understand how they view their own potential and weaknesses. This will allow you to push them into the direction that grows their potential and gives them more confidence to tackle larger and larger challenges.

 

3. Are you engaging in three or more ways?

I know that teachers don’t want to be known as individuals that “teach at” their students. As educators we must understand that teaching goes beyond the mere transference of information from one person to another. Instruction is the art of engaging the student in the joining of the unknown with the known. In order to do this effectively we must ensure that we are engaging our students in more than one way. The ways of engagement are listed as follows:

  • Mental – intellectual
  • Physical – neurological
  • Emotional – psychological
  • Action – physiological
  • Results – actualizing
  • Guidance – interaction

With each of these engagement components there are different benefits. As a rule I ensure that I apply at least three in every lesson. This allows me to feel confident in that the information lingers with the student long enough for them to have the new information become apart of who they are.

4. I’m a staying true to my values?

Do you know your deepest teaching values? If you don’t, let’s figure it out fast. It’s vitally important that you understand the core of your operating system – core values. For example, my core value links to the teaching of skills my students can transfer to other areas of their life. This is very similar to a personal mission statement. The difference is that you link this to core value is the center from which you take every action, every word, and every thought. The core value that is linked to my above statement is “connection.” I want my students to understand the connection that is found in everything we do. Furthermore, I want them to understand the connection between their actions and their results. This key core value is one that will serve them the rest of their life.


 

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