My #Oneword for 2015

I’m not very good at resolutions. In fact, I don’t like to write things down. This is all very interesting to consider knowing that I am called “organized” by those who know me.  My brain just doesn’t think in these linear ways of lists and so on. However, surely I can commit to at least one word for 2015. The challenge created in my #Sunchat PLC Twitter chat this morning was to identify that one word that you could stick with this year, that could sum it all up for you. Now being an educator, words are easy. In fact, I hate that I even have to be nailed down by one word, I am very wordy after all. However, the brevity is refreshing and forces focus.

So the word – Tenacity. This next year I want to be committed to dogged determination, to hold a firm grip in all areas of my life.

As an administrator this year I want to be tenacious about…

Student success

Giving students a reason for “Why School” 

Teacher growth

Problem solving/exploration 

Creativity and Innovation

Cultivating a strong school culture

Personally learning and growing because people count on me

Holding my wife and kids closer literally and emotionally (most important!) 

Laughing more 

Praying more intentionally 

Serving all 

The list doesn’t end because each day I will add something to it. Will I have off days, you bet. However, I am writing tonight on my bathroom mirror (hope you are cool with that babe) in dry erase marker TENACITY, a great visual reminder each day to be committed to what I am committed to. 

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity. – Louis Pasteur

Grow. Lead. Serve. -Jeff


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