Making New Mistakes

I know I got some things right this semester, and on some things, I know I was way, way off (see: communication of yesterday’s MS testing schedule and checkout procedures for a quick example).

My goal next semester is to get more things right and fewer things wrong. Isn’t that the definition of learning?

Tim Sanders, Yahoo!’s former Chief Solutions Officer and author of Today We Are Rich, says that when he was growing up, his grandmother would always give him this advice: It’s OK to make mistakes. Just keep making new ones.

I already know I’m going to make lots of mistakes next semester— but I want them to at least be new ones. There’s nothing worse than making the same mistakes over and over and expecting a different result (see: the definition of insanity).

To help me avoid repeating mistakes, when I have a negative experience, I spend time reflecting on it, and I ask myself "What could I have done differently to avoid getting in this situation again?" Just yesterday, I wrote myself an email titled "Semester Test Schedule Concerns— Fall 2018" and scheduled to receive it next August when I’ll be working on the Fall 2019 semester test schedule. Nothing major happened yesterday and the student checkout process went fine, but I want things to improve and want to avoid added stress if I can help it. In my email to myself, I added specific examples and feedback to help me remember specifically how I think things could improve. Overall, what I’ve found is reflecting while the memory is still fresh helps me avoid version 2.0 of something unpleasant. Not always, but most times.

Let me encourage you to think back on the good things that happened in your classroom and with the students you work with every day. Whatever you did to make it a positive experience, plan to do that again. Then think about some of the not-so-good things that happened and ask yourself the question, "What could I have done differently to avoid getting in that situation again?" Come up with a few solutions and write them down for future use (I suggest emailing them to your future self). When you do, you’ll be amazed at the results.

I envision great things for next semester because we’ve had such an incredible first semester because of the special group of people who choose to call CAC home. The beginning of the spring semester will be here in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait! Let’s make the most of the final day of the semester, then enjoy the break, and then let’s do this school thing again… only better.

  • Our main gym was booked solid this past weekend with home basketball games Friday night, elementary basketball games all day Saturday, and the Fine Arts Christmas show on Sunday. A HUGE shout-out goes to Hayden Cruce, Andy Stewart, and Kevin Lloyd for staying late after the games Friday night to take out trash and to clean the gyms, restrooms, stairwells, and bleachers to get ready for Saturday morning’s games.
  • Sunday’s Fine Arts Christmas Show was a great way to wrap up the semester! Chelsea Baber set up a wonderful gallery in the atrium to display our students’ work. Travis Kaye and James Wilhite worked like crazy Saturday afternoon to set the gym up for their concerts, and on Sunday, they directed the bands and choirs who all sounded incredible. The entire event was great, and I was so proud of our fine arts programs.
  • Sonya Gates saved the day yesterday by fixing the Scantron machine! During semester test week, it’s one of the most important pieces of technology on our campus, Thanks to Sonya, it’s up and running again!
  • While the Scantron machine was down, Lynnette Noble registered for ZipGrade and printed answer sheets for her students that she then scanned and grade with her phone. It’s free and may be just what you’re looking for. If so, ask Lynnette about it and she’ll coach you through it. I’m a fan!
  • Yesterday’s MS Enrichment Day was great! A big shout-out goes to Angie Diles for leading the charge and organizing the day of activities for our MS students. It’s a great way to wrap up MS life during HS semester test week. Awesome job!
  • After our faculty meeting yesterday, Kassandra Allison, Tamara Hodges, Angela Kyle, Angie Diles, Christy Sherrill, Caroline Prestridge, and Jimmy Teigen participated in a 90-minute PD webinar about IXL— an online learning program we are piloting in middle school. The webinar gave us lots of ideas of how to best use the program in class, and I can’t wait to see how it’s used to supplement our math and language arts curriculum this coming semester!
  • Congratulations to Doug Killgore for being selected as the 2018 NIAAA recipient of the Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence this past week in San Antonio. Doug and Sheila spent the weekend at the NiAAA National Conference, culminating in the award presentation on Tuesday evening. Way to go, Doug!

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • HS Semester Exams (4th & 7th Periods); Click here for full schedule
    • 11:45 Student Dismissal
    • Faculty dismissed when all grades are entered and checkout is complete and approved (as early as 1:00)
  • Saturday, December 22-Sunday, January 6— Christmas Break
  • Saturday, December 29
    • Wrestling Clinic (both gyms)
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019 & Wednesday, January 2, 2019— Gym Closed for Refinishing
  • Monday, January 7, 2019— Faculty Workday (7:30-4:00)
  • Tuesday, January 8— First day of Spring Semester
  • Wednesday, January 16— 5th Grade Great Adventure
  • Thursday, January 17— Family Chapel

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.

Responsibilities for the Week of January 7-10
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM J. Wilhite
  • Cafeteria PM— K. Allison
  • Parking Lot AM— T. Hodges
  • Parking Lot PM— A. Diles
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall— Admin
  • Chapel— Admin
    • Monday— No School
    • Tuesday— Admin— Collier & Stewart
    • WednesdayWorshipful Wednesday— C. Tappe
    • Thursday— Admin Chapel
    • Friday— STUCO Chapel

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Check the cheat sheet for the full duty schedule.

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