How has your Choosing Excellence™ training been helpful to you and your school? Dr. Robert Butz

 

All of the educators were asked the same five questions. Follow-up questions and clarifications are specific to the individual and their role.

1. What were some of the factors that influenced your decision to become an educator?
2. Who was the most influential teacher (coach) in your life?
3. What are few of your most important learnings since becoming a teacher? Coach? AP? Principal? Superintendent?
4. How has what you learned through Choosing Excellence™ (CT/QP/Baldrige/Quality Tools) helped you in your position(s)?
5. What advice would you give to a first year person in your position?

What is your most significant learning as an educator? Dr. Robert Butz

 

All of the educators were asked the same five questions. Follow-up questions and clarifications are specific to the individual and their role.

1. What were some of the factors that influenced your decision to become an educator?
2. Who was the most influential teacher (coach) in your life?
3. What are few of your most important learnings since becoming a teacher? Coach? AP? Principal? Superintendent?
4. How has what you learned through Choosing Excellence™ (CT/R/Baldrige/Quality Tools) helped you in your position(s)?
5. What advice would you give to a first year person in your position?

Hypocrisy in how we treat some students?

This is primarily directed to educators and parents.

Have you have ever made a diet or exercise plan?

Did you ever “break your plan” after 2, 3, 5 days?

Does that mean you weren’t sincere when you said it was important to exercise more or lose weight?

When I ask the question in my Choosing ExcellenceTM workshops, everyone says they were sincere, but it was difficult.

I agree!

If a student makes a plan for change and then has problems after 2 or 3 days, most educators say, “the student wasn’t serious about changing.” Or “They were just telling me what I wanted to hear.”

If an adult fails after a few days with a diet or exercise plan, does it mean that it wasn’t or isn’t a good idea?  Does it mean they weren’t serious?  Does it mean they were telling themselves what they wanted to hear?

In most cases the answer is “No.”  The plan began with sincerity and good intention.  Some changes are difficult.

My question is, if adults have difficulty changing, why shouldn’t a 5 year-old, 10 year-old, or 15 year old?

Ask one or several of the following questions.

  • Was the plan a good idea?
  • Is it still important to you improve ________?
  • Do you want to make any changes to the plan?
  • When will you recommit to the plan?