When I get into the school I am employed at, I get laser focused. That intimidates a lot of people. I walk with a purpose everyday all day. I usually am thinking about three different things at once. I am doing things quickly. I get things done. I get them done fast and effectively. I make mistakes. I fix mistakes. I grade papers. I talk with students. I work with colleagues. I work hard. I work damn hard. I have high expectations for myself as well as my students. That’s not easy when you work in a sea of procrastination and government red tape.
"I want to give an example to my students of what hard work looks like."
Many times, someone will come up to me and say, “I know you are in one of your moods…”. Please listen carefully. It’s not one of my moods… it’s my work ethic. My work ethic is f#$&ing high. I get s#%t done. Please know why I do it. I want to give an example to my students of what hard work looks like. When my students graduate or move on from my classes, I want them to know what focus and effort looks like. I also want my students to know that if they didn’t learn anything from a class they took that I was teaching, it is because they didn’t try. I will not be outworked in this school. I will not.
"I don’t have time in this one life to be indecisive. I know failure is not final and try to show my students that."
I grade and give immediate feedback. I use technology as a tool for learning and teaching. There is no reason for a student to not learn anything in my classes. I will make sure of that. Lead by example. I know I am brash and straight to the point. That rubs people the wrong way sometimes. I get that. I don’t have time in this one life to be indecisive. I know failure is not final and try to show my students that. Like I stated before, I have high expectations for myself and high expectations for my students.
If we expect our students to be on time and work bell to bell, we need to be on time and work bell to bell. No excuses. So next time you see me in “one of my moods”, know that it is my work ethic and I am outworking you. Try to keep up.