Getting Better at Getting Better
"High performance isn’t, ultimately, about running faster, throwing harder, or leaping farther. It’s about something much simpler: getting better at getting better."
The New Yorker
November 10, 2014
Athletes are always looking for an edge— more time in the weight room, improved diets, obsessive film study, and even virtual reality— and the greatest athletes will stop at nothing to get better. In the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, we heard over and over about how competitive and driven Tom Brady is, and since his first Super Bowl victory in 2001, Tom Brady has been obsessed with getting better at getting better. What drives him is an inner desire for excellence.
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People across all walks of life— not just athletes— could learn from competitors like Tom Brady. For someone to be a high performer in the courtroom, at the conference table, or in the classroom, it takes a willingness to identify areas of improvement and a relentless dedication to excellence, and some experts would say that takes 10,000 hours.
As educators, we must be committed to getting better at getting better, and we need to challenge our students to do the same. True mastery happens over time when, day in and day out, we strive to get better at getting better.
- The 6th graders had a great time at the Innovation Hub on Wednesday. A big thanks goes to Kassandra Allison for leading the trip, to Jimmy Teigen and Tamara Hodges for helping lead, and to Blake McNair for driving the bus.
- Congratulations are in order for Coach Jan Penrod! Yesterday, the boys and girls bowling teams competed in the district tournament in Conway, and both teams qualified for state next Thursday!
- This has been a hard week with teachers being out for various reasons, and Shelby Lillard has done an outstanding job getting all of our classes covered! That is not an easy task, but Mrs. Lillard has done a great job!
- On Tuesday, our school sent a card to a young man named Louis and so did Ian Thomas’ classes. A few days later, Project Zero shared about all the cards Louie has received and you can follow his story on their Facebook page.
- Honor Society Induction Practice (following chapel)
- 7th & 8th Grade 4th Period— Week B
- Saturday, February 9
- ACT Testing
- Sunday, February 10
- Honor Society Induction Ceremony— 2:00 PM; Auditorium
- Monday, February 11
- Faculty Potluck (click here for details)
- Family Chapel
- No School for Students
- Teacher Workday (half day; 7:30-11:30)
- Winterfest Weekend
- No School (Presidents Day)
Anything missing? If so, please let me know.
Responsibilities for the Week of February 11-15
- Cafeteria AM— E. Schramm
- Cafeteria PM— I. Thomas
- Parking Lot AM— Admin
- Parking Lot PM— T. Hodges
- Lunches— Coaches
- D-Hall— T. Shoemaker
- Monday— A. Diles
- Tuesday— A. Diles
- Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
- Thursday— Family Chapel
- Friday— No School (Teacher 1/2-Day Workday)
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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