College Day dreamin’…

You’ve heard me remind learners time and again:  “Plan your work; work your plan; autograph your work with personal excellence daily.”  Having a plan and seeing College_Aheadit through is one of those life lessons no curriculum or state assessment can ever measure.  As part of our dream for our current learners, we always take a day (or more) to talk about college, sharing specifically about the importance of strong study habits, building team with school spirit, and other interesting details about higher education (the appropriate ones, that is!).  🙂  Even now, it is our hope our learners are encouraged to begin thinking about their future plans and expectations beyond high school graduation.

I know what you’re thinking though…why talk to a 5-year-old about college?  As a mom of two daughters (MISD grads) currently in college and graduate school, I speak from personal experience when I share it’s never too early to have these conversations, let alone to financially plan for this continuing educational journey (a topic of many other possible blogs, mind you!).  As with any future goal, we want to encourage our learners to aim high in order to achieve personal excellence.  As Coach Rogers tells our learners everyday:  “We don’t expect everyone to be the best; we expect everyone to give and do their best!”  Without dreams and leaps into our imagination, we lose the excitement of possibilities.  Dreaming is, after all, a form of planning.  Learning to work the plan at a younger age teaches the discipline and responsibility needed to succeed in life.  Higher education, in all its many forms, is definitely a “ticket to dreams” and Every Day Is Game Day at LME!  🙂

Setting goals…it’s a valuable life tool.

It’s the time of year before school starts when educators set goals for the coming year.  We plan, prepare, discuss, share, collaborate, and communicate goals.  Teaching our learners how to set short-term and long-term goals helps them learn valuable life skills needed to become responsible citizens one day.  I was fortunate enough today to visit with a group of teachers who had this to share about goal-setting:

  1. Set goals easily reached at first because having success will encourage each learner to continue.
  2. Break more challenging goals into small steps so progress is made each day or week.
  3. Create a step-by step plan for reaching goals and focus on only one or two at a time.
  4. Support the learner with great encouragement and belief.
  5. Continue to have high but reasonable expectations as each learner carries through the goal.
  6. Be flexible and willing to adapt a goal if something unexpected occurs.

A couple of things I might add to their list from my perspective:

  • Children need to know failure is a part of the overall process of success; it’s really okay to fail as long as you learn from the failure and push forward to keep trying (this is tough for a recovering perfectionist like me).
  • Be a great role model by talking about goals reached, acting responsibly when goals are not met, and discussing what can be done better next time (this is something Mrs. Bass and I really work on during discipline interventions).

As we get our year started at LME, we’ll be sharing these and many other thoughts in actions with our learners.  We have a series of daily pep rallies and team huddles planned to actively demonstrate our campus expectations.  Let’s get ready to rally because…Every Day Is Game Day at LME!

Note:  Our first day of new student registration went well.  Let’s get those first-day enrollment forms filled out online!