Is there anyone alive that wouldn't like to make themselves better? I had the opportunity to speak to our student body about Internet Safety. After covering material on cyber bullying, digital footprints, and intellectual property, I decided to share some perspectives on self-improvement through becoming a school and community contributor. The inspiration for this presentation came while I was home from school, sick in bed, and had just watched the Angela Maiers TedTalk, "You Matter". I consider it a must-see for educators.
There are others that contributed to the themes shared in this presentation; Stephen Covey, Carol Dweck, Daniel Pink, John Wooden, Boyan Slat, and Kid President. The main points were...
- Build a personal learning legacy for our school, and the world
- Adopt a growth mindset so that personal challenges are viewed as opportunities to grow and learn (learners vs. non-learners)
- Recognize and use personal gifts for the betterment of others
- Find and share your passions
- Strive daily to build a better version of you
My message is - if we seek organizational improvement, then this could be accomplished if everyone took it upon themselves to grow a little better each and every day. What do you think about this?