Looking at the world of education (and the world in general), I believe collaboration is the best way to get things done. We need to work together, we need to compromise, we need to trust one another to make true progress. Teachers need to work in teams, parents need to partner with the school, and schools need to collaborate with the community. We all have a vested interest in making sure each child is successful.
Competition is a powerful motivator and it also helps us set goals and challenges for ourselves. However, I'm a firm believer in the saying that the only person we should strive to be better than is the person we were yesterday. If we all did this, we could truly bring about substantive change. Are you trying to be better than others or be the best you can be? The latter takes true commitment and courage and yields better results.
This week's topic helped shed some light for me on my own motivation and my own stubborn streak. Competition or Collaboration? Both are important, but we need to focus on who we are competing with and who we are collaborating with. Compete against yourself, collaborate with everyone else. And how do you motivate me? Just tell me no.
PEARLS OF WISDOM
"Competition gives me energy. It keeps me focused." - Conor McGregor
"When you need to innovate, you need collaboration." - Marissa Mayer
"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." - Eleanor Roosevelt
What happens when we stop putting people in "boxes" (4 minutes)
Monday, February 13: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 am
Tuesday, February 14: Happy Valentine's Day!!
Wednesday, February 15: Achievement Team Merchant 8:00 am
Achievement Team Nadon 8:30 am
Jon shadowing a 2nd grade student 1:00-4:00 pm
PTSA Founder's Day Banquet 5:30 pm at Schoolcraft College
Thursday, February 16: REED Benson 8:20 am
Data Dive Meetings in LMC (K-2 in morning/3&4 in afternoon)
Friday, February 17: MDA Popcorn Sales $1.00 per bag
Monday, February 20: No School for President's Day
Wednesday, February 22: REED Nadon 2:30 pm
Thursday, February 23: Staff Meeting 8:05 am
Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 pm
Friday, February 24: PTA popcorn sales
Monday, February 27: Student of the Month & March is Reading Month Assembly 9:05 am