Here are some thoughts after the first reading. Read on a Kindle so no page numbers ... just chapters and locations. This was a WOW book for me after a tough year. Like minded peeps! I wish some of my coworkers could read this! They were like me ... we got bogged down. But we all want to do better. The Kids Deserve It.
No cool personal creative pic for the post. Bad blogger. Just the embedded Goodreads book cover. I need to get on to implementation, not spend too long on blog formatting! :P
Chapter 1 Location 232
How can you "go big"?
Chapter 2 Location 309
"We live in a world where we can no longer claim ignorance -- only an unwillingness to learn."
Chapter 3 Location 334
"We can't expect our kids to be growing, learning, and pushing boundaries unless we're doing the same."
"creativity is a learned skill that you develop by working at it -- continually."
"Students need to be Tweeting as well!" (I sometimes Tweet quotes but I really should create a student account.)
"When you choose to innovate and be unique, you will experience some failure. And sometimes it stings more than you'd like." (OOWWWWWWWWW! Why? I mean, I know. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. That's what we want the kids to do!)
Chapter 4 Location 499
"you're creating the right conditions for them to take root and grow up to be the best versions of themselves."
Chapter 6 Location 639
Seven Practices That Will Make You a Better Leader (Read the book to find these ... they are great!)
Chapter 11 Location 964
"That's why it's so important to be aware of the messages you're sending out with your body language, choices, and words." (This is something I have to work on. Last couple years = tired face/body.)
Chapter 15 Location 1169
"I want my students to be brave and bold and try new things. I want them never to be afraid to make mistakes, because their brave actions might inspire others to try new things. Their actions may show others it is okay to make mistakes; it is how we learn."
Chapter 16 Location 245
Recognize Awesomeness (How can I be more vocal about this?)
Chapter 18 Location 1333
"Our most important job is to love kids and convince them they are absolutely incredible and unique."
Chapter 21 Location 1417
"facilitating learning opportunities that empower kids to discover what's possible in this world."
"supporting the community and having fun!" (This is where I decided I need a Star Wars costume. Rey, I think. No one would recognize Jocasta Nu. Plus that would be hot in TX. Rey's is better for hot.)
"How are you going to leave your mark?"
"if you have a random idea, try it out!"
Chapter 22 Location 1558
"Look Ahead, Be Relevant" (He's talking about sharing Google Voice Typing)
Chapter 24 Location 1631 & 1632
"because then we get to tell them about this great tool called Google, which is accessible to everyone. When you don't 'get' something ... Google it!" (I full on admit here I was like "SEE?" because I know several people who feel justified in not knowing tech. Well how on earth do you think the rest of us learned anything? It WAS hard. There were tears. But then it finally clicked and we got it and we moved on. Petty rant. Sorry.)
"Jim Collins: 'Good is the enemy of great.'"
Chapter 28 Location 1852
About Being a Reader (Another one to read in the book!)