We’re All Teachers
In his book Dealing with Difficult Parents, Todd Whitaker writes, “It [using the broad term parents] reminds me of using the word teacher when I address cooks, custodians, secretaries, bus drivers, and the like, when doing speaking engagements around the country. I always explain that if children and students see us working, then we are teachers."
As a parent, I must constantly be aware of my kids watching me. Despite what I tell them to do, in the end they will do what I do, say what I say, and act how I act. Our students are no different. They are constantly watching us interact, listening to our tone of voice, and acting how we act. They may hear what we say, but they really learn by watching what we do.
If I want my kids to be readers, they need to see me read regularly.
If I want my kids to respect others, they need to hear me say, “Yes, m’am."
If I want my kids to love the poor and those in need, they need to see me serving others.
If I want my kids to have a positive outlook on life, they need to see me smile all the time.
If I want my kids to have pleasant voice tones, they need to hear me say positive (and not sarcastic) comments.
If I want my kids to use good manners, they need to see me open the door for others.
If I want my kids to listen to good music, our family needs to listen to fun kid music or Christian music in the car.
If I want my kids to watch wholesome movies and TV shows, we need to watch appropriate shows together.
If I want my kids to limit screen time, they need to see me limit screen time.
If I want my kids to love others, they need to hear me say kind words to others and about others.
If I want my kids to love God’s creation, they need to see me pick up trash that’s not even mine.
If I want my kids to be hard workers, they need to see me go to work every day with a smile on face.
If I want my kids to value their careers, they need to hear me thank God for my job daily.
If I want my kids to love their spouses, they need to see me hug my wife often.
If I want my kids to value their church family, they need to see me valuing mine and spending time with them.
If I want my kids to value education, they need to hear me say how much I love school.
If I want my kids to be curious and risk failure, they need to see me be curious and they need to see me fail.
If I want my kids to be learners, we need to visit the museums, local libraries, and multi-cultural events in our area.
Our students are like our own kids. No matter what we tell them, they will learn simply by observing every single one of us every single day— even if the word teacher isn’t in our job description. Perhaps Paul had kids and students in mind and knew the influence we have on them in our everyday lives when he wrote, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord" (Colossians 3:23).
Our students are watching— let’s teach them well.
- The 8th grade field trip to the Ron Coleman Crystal Mine went great on Wednesday (despite a deep cut that led one student to Children’s for some stitches). A big thanks goes to Sheila Killgore for organizing the trip, and also thanks to the chaperones (Caroline Prestridge, Christy Sherrill, and Joe Gafford). It was also Blake McNair’s first field trip driving experience, and I heard he did an outstanding job!
- Angela Kyle and Jason Gates both had some cool activities going this week with some parking lot chalk math and a cohesion lab. The more we can get students doing and engaged in learning, the better.
- The junior high boys choir performed “Stand By Me" this past week, and they sounded great! Travis Kaye is doing some big things in choir, and I’m looking forward to a full concert. Our junior high boys and girls choirs are going to crush it.
- Richard Burton and Kevin Lloyd have done a great job picking up extra responsibilities during David’s absence this week. Awesome job!
- Christy Sherrill had a guest speaker visit her Statistics class yesterday. Reid Landes, an Associate Professor of Statistics at UAMS, gave students a real-life example of a recent UAMS study and guided them the ins-and-outs of basic bias-free stats. He did an outstanding job and it was a great learning opportunity for our students!
- Our first round of ACT Aspire testing for English and Reading is almost in the books. Carrie Vick has done a great job getting all of our students loaded into the Aspire Portal and making sure they were ready to go this week. Also, a big thanks goes to Karen Sullivan for making sure TestNav was installed on all of our Chromebook and desktop computers. I can’t wait for this first round of testing to wrap up so we can dive into the data.
- Rachel Brackins came through at the last minute for the 7th grade cheerleaders yesterday and coached them at the Heber Springs game. A big shout-out is in order for this one! Thank you, Rachel.
- 9th Grade Meeting– Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
- 12th Grade Meeting – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (Mrs. Holland's room)
- Theatre Squared Performance (tentative adjusted schedule below)
- 8:00-8:45 1st Period (45 min.)
- 8:50-9:25 2nd Period (35 min.)
- MS Bell rings at 9:08
- 9:30-10:05 3rd Period (35 min.)
- 10:10-11:05 Chapel Devotional & "The Shakespeare Show"
- 11:10-11:45 4th Period (35 min.; will most likely dismiss from chapel/assembly early)
- Regular schedule remainder of day
- 5th Period— Talkback & workshop with Drama Club
- Week of October 8-12— ACT Aspire Math & Science Interim Tests #1 (grades 6-9)
- Tuesday, October 9
- Mustang Missions Spirit Day (Socktoberfest; $2 or more)
- College Rep- University of Alabama (6th period)
- Wednesday, October 10
- English Department Book Club- 180 Days (7:30 AM; library)
- PSAT Testing (10th & 11th grades)
- Friday, October 12— Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; library)
- Monday, October 15
- Homecoming Week Begins
- District Volleyball Tournament (at CAC; Begins at 4:00)
- Tuesday, October 16— District Volleyball Tournament (at CAC; Begins at 4:00)
- Wednesday, October 17
- End of 1st Grading Period; 2:00 Dismissal for Students (4:00 for Faculty/Staff)
- District Volleyball Tournament (at CAC; Times TBD)
- Thursday, October 18
- Faculty Lunch Provided
- Band Mentor Mixer (11:45-1:00) *Tentative Plan
- Drama Club Field Trip (11:00-3:30) *Tentative Plan
- Friday, October 19— Homecoming Friday— Pep Rally Schedule
- Monday, October 22— Parent/Teacher Conference (no school)
- Wednesday, October 24— 6th Grade Coffee House
- Friday, October 26— Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy Session #2 (7:30-8:45 AM)
- Saturday, October 27— Mustang Scramble
Anything missing? If so, please let me know.
Responsibilities for the Week of October 8-12
- Cafeteria AM— G. Santos
- Cafeteria PM— S. Killgore
- Parking Lot AM— D. Sullivan
- Parking Lot PM— T. Vick
- Lunches-- Coaches
- D-Hall— E. Schramm
- Chapel— S. Quattlebaum
- Monday— S. Quattlebaum
- Tuesday— S. Quattlebaum
- Wednesday— Admin Devotional (PSAT)
- Thursday— Worshipful Wednesday on a Thursday (G. Santos)
- Friday— STUCO
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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