Help Make a SHIFT in Education

Help Shift Happen

Guest Blog by: Adam Peterson, TeachersLearn2

 

It’s no secret that teaching is a tough, demanding, and ever-changing job!  As educators, we are always looking for ways to do more for our students, but sometimes we all need a little help to do so!  So, today I’m offering some help to all of you who may be looking for a way to HELP SHIFT HAPPEN in your own classroom!  Let’s do this!

S – H – I – F – T !

S – Step Out

Engagement is such a huge factor when it comes to the progress that happens in your classroom!  If students are engaged in their learning, then they’re most likely going to retain that knowledge better.  Sometimes creating engaging lessons and environments requires you to STEP OUT of your comfort zone a little bit!  I had a student one year in my kindergarten classroom who was interested in nothing but…wait for it…Pokemon!  Yep, that’s all he wanted to talk about, read about, and learn about. The trouble is, I knew nothing about Pokemon!  So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and learned as much as I could about Pokemon. I created lessons, found books, and created a Pokemon hunt activity to help my students learn about the layout of our school!  Needless to say, that little guy was engaged more than ever, and we had a blast learning things we were already going to learn about anyway. Trust me when I say I stepped out of my comfort zone! I searched all over and pieced together a costume that looked like the famous Pokemon trainer, Ash Ketchum, and wore it on the day we did our Pokemon hunt around the school.  Funny hats and costumes aren’t necessary, but engaging your students based on their interests is!

 

H – Help

Asking for help isn’t something to be afraid of.  As teachers, we work best when we work together. So, don’t be afraid to reach out to your peers for help when you need it.  Whether it be planning lessons, creating new units, or simply talking through classroom issues, having a strong team to turn to makes all the difference.  Reaching outside of your classroom and school is another way to get the help you need! I always open my door to volunteers! Parents, grandparents, and community members are such a great asset to HELP SHIFT HAPPEN in your classroom!

 

I – Independent Learners

Teaching is the best job in the world!  I absolutely love working with children and seeing the magic in their eyes when they learn new things!  But, as much as I love teaching and working with my students, I also know it’s important to help them reach a level of independence.  Helping SHIFT happen across grade levels is only possible when we work to create lifelong learners!  Getting students to want to learn on their own is such an important part of our jobs, and can be easier than you think!  Creating an environment where students are able to work at their own pace to reach individual goals will help all of you reach the goals you have set for them!

 

F – Fun

One of my favorite parts of teaching was hearing my students, and parents of students, say how much fun our classroom was!  I make it a point to make learning as much fun as possible on a daily basis!  There’s really no secret to this at all!  You know you love to do things that are fun, you enjoy things that are fun, and you remember times in your life that were fun!  Well, kids are people too, and they love FUN just as much as you! Share your classroom fun using #makelearningfun

 

T – Teachers Learn Too

Teaching better to me means always doing what you can to improve yourself as an educator.  Whether it be reading a resource book, an inspirational book, watching webinars, or attending conferences, I am always trying to make myself better as a teacher!  The power of social media has made this easier than ever!  Follow teachers on social media, join groups on Facebook, and watch YouTube channels!  There are so many awesome educators willing to share their knowledge, but why not do the same!  If you have awesome things to share, do it! Use #helpshifthappen

 

It is my hope that these ideas are nothing new to you!  Hopefully, you’re stepping up and stepping out on a daily basis – creating the most engaging and fun environments you can – constantly learning and making yourself better all the time!  If you’re doing these things then you’re definitely HELPING SHIFT HAPPEN, and I applaud you!  Keep being awesome!

 

  • Adam Peterson

 

Join Our Big Hairy Audacious Goal!

 

At the beginning of 2018, our team came together to talk about our mission to provide Mind-Boggling Engagement for Early Literacy.

 

We decided that we wanted to come up with a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal to go along with our mission. If you’re not familiar with a BHAG, it’s an idea from the book, “Built to Last” by James Collins and Jerry Porras. A BHAG is a goal that is so audacious that it may appear impossible to reach. So why would anyone create a goal that seems impossible to achieve?

 

Well, a BHAG isn’t just about reaching the goal. Its audaciousness inspires us to take a leap of faith; urges us to persevere;  and encourages us to work harder and more creatively to reach our goal! Even if we don’t reach it, it will produce INCREDIBLE things!

 

 

 

 

So … are you ready for it?

 

Our Big Hairy Audacious Goal is to shift the Nation’s Report Card from only 37% of our 4th graders reading proficiently to over 70% reading proficiently!!!

 

 

Yes! We know. It’s BIG and HAIRY and AUDACIOUS! That’s why we’re inviting you to join us to Help Shift HappenActually, you’re already helping. Whether you’re an educator, parent, community or business … you, in your own unique way, directly or indirectly are affecting children to be the best they can be!

 

 

 

 

This is what we’re asking you to do: Share ideas and stories of how YOU are helping kids learn to read.

 

  1. Post on your Facebook or Facebook Live
  2. Make an Instagram Story
  3. Share on Twitter
  4. Write about it on your blog
  5. Be a guest blogger for Alive Studios

 

Whichever way you share, be sure to use the hashtag #HelpShiftHappen

 

 

 

 

Let the world know how you’re making a difference! This will take a multitude of great people, but our kids are worth it and our communities depend on it!