Author: Spencer Campbell

Golf and Classroom Management

I am not good at golf. I don’t have a handicap, I regularly take two tee shots, and I abuse the club length rule quite often. However, three or four times during every round I hit a shot that keeps me coming back. Sometimes it’s a monster drive, other times it’s a 15-foot put, or once it was an eagle two from 145 yards out. The point is most of the time I am not playing well; it’s the positive moments scattered throughout the round that keeps me playing golf. I don’t think students need to be in a state of bliss every time they walk in our classrooms; it’s difficult to be at 100%, 100% of the time. However, if we can give kids positive learning experiences each week, it will keep them coming back for more. Imagine if a middle/high school student had three or four positive experiences with each teacher every week. They might enjoy school or even thrive in that type of environment. And obviously, if you turn those interactions into negative experiences they will most likely despise school. You probably have these students in your class. Metaphorically speaking, How often do you go to the classroom driving range or putting...

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Your Small Group of Anything

We all have a small group of people we would do anything for. Family members, certain friends, our favorite students or teachers. Why? What do these people do to earn our trust, friendship, and our devotion? Is it possible for these certain people to remove themselves from this small group? Are you in someone else’s small group of anything? If so, how and...

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Don’t try and solve the problem I just need someone to listen

Don’t try and solve the problem; I just need someone to listen. I had a student in my office today that was not having a good day.  The student reacted negatively to a reasonable request by an adult in our building. Normally, I would have a conversation about respect and how much we care about our students and why we have additional adults in our building and how important their roles are. This time was different. As I started to talk, the student interrupted me and said, “Don’t try and solve the problem; I just need someone to listen.” And so I...

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If they didn’t learn it….was it worth learning in the first place?

If they didn’t learn it….was it worth learning in the first place? From Teaching on Purpose  Been thinking about this quote for the past week or so. What does this look like as a student, a teacher, an administrator, a parent, a boss, or as an employee? Are we teaching wider or deeper, and if we are going deeper on something is it something that matters? Sometimes I think we focus on the wrong thing. What are our students focusing on? More importantly, what are our teachers being asked to focus on? Are we pushing our students and teachers...

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assumptions and why they hurt us

assumptions and why they hurt us  Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.Don Miguel Ruiz assume that because i am not using capitals or punctuation that i dont know what i am doing this may be true but then your assumption would be wrong Over the past month,  I have watched a lot of people make a lot of assumptions including myself. Some of these assumptions...

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