Showing posts from February, 2019

A Reflection on Vulnerability

I love audiobooks and at the recommendation of a good friend I am currently listening to Daring to Lead by Brene Brown. The part I am at talks about the importance of vulnerability. When speaking with another good friend tonight, she referred to vulnerability as "sharing your humanness". I don't think vulnerable is something most teachers are comfortable, but as I tell my students leadership is an uncomfortable position. The rest of this post is me sharing about a challenging situation because I think it is important to be more honest about how this is part of our daily grind.

This weekend, I had the privilege of coaching one of the finest groups of students I have ever had the opportunity to get to know. As my students know, I am a little bit competitive and I take mock trial very seriously. My students (along with our coaching team) work day in and day out to prepare their case and become a cohesive team. Unlike most sports, our mock trial team gets one shot, the state…

The Power of Belief

As you may know from previous blog posts, I am a high school teacher by day and a martial arts instructor by night. Over the course of the last month, the power of belief has stood out to me in both places. At ATA martial arts, we say that belief is "yes, I can" and we talk about the importance of belief in yourself and belief in others. One of my favorite parts of the ATA Legacy program is how it helps students to grow as people, not just as martial artists.

Earlier this school year, one of my seniors asked me what the hardest part of teaching high school was. I shared with him that I as a teacher, become very invested in my students. I want to see them succeed and find their passions. I spend 4 years guiding and watching them grow, and then they leave. I never hear from most students to find out how they are doing and how things turned out after high school. A colleague compared it to starting a novel and never finding out how it ends.

In January, I had the opportunity to …