Monday, October 13, 2014
IN THIS ISSUE:
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action.
We all have visions and goals professionally and personally. A written five-year plan helps us clarify that vision and organize our thoughts. Almost everybody has an idea of where they plan to go. A written plan serves as the road map of how to get there.
If it is not already in place, consider developing a written five-year plan for your program.
Here are some advantages:
Here's an example:
A Five-Year Plan for the XYZ School Band Program
1. What size band should be in place?
2. What equipment will need to be provided by my school?
3. What are my budget needs for equipment, repair, music, etc.?
4. What performance opportunities should I seek?
5. Education and Curriculum Criteria
Palen Music Center has developed a Comprehensive Program Evaluation and Discussion List to help begin the Five-Year Planning process. It is much more extensive than the example above. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you with taking this step.
This material is copyright (C) Chase Mielke and AffectiveLiving, 2014. Click here to go to the original source material.
It's 4 a.m. I've struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can't. Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain. Why? Because I am stressed about my students. Really stressed. I'm so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say -- the real truth I've been needing to say -- and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.
This is what students really need to hear:
First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself. And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be honest with you -- both in what I say and how I say it?
Here's the thing: I lose sleep because of you. Every week.
Before I tell you why, you should understand the truth about school. You see, the main event of school is not academic learning. It never has been. It never will be. And, if you find someone who is passionate in claiming that it is about academics, that person is lying to himself or herself and may genuinely believe that lie. Yes, algebra, essay writing, Spanish, the judicial process -- all are important and worth knowing. But they are not the MAIN event.
The main event is... (for further reading, please click this link to go to the original source material)