The whenthewindblows’s Podcast
1.22 - Healthy Habits and Motivation

1.22 - Healthy Habits and Motivation

January 10, 2021

Healthy Habits and Motivation

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. 

 

Who are you? How long have you been involved in the world of Edu? What made you choose to come to EPIC? 

 

Book Atomic Habits, by James Clear

Noticing, Wanting, doing, liking.

 

Some good habits: Eat well, sleep, brush your teeth...But what are some healthy habits when it comes to work life balance?

 

Do you have any bad habits?

 

Hate to admit, but I had a habit of smoking. Started in HS and went through about 24 yrs old...quit the first time...trav laid off quitting the second time...SWEETS still haunt me

 

Do you have any really good habits?

 

What role do you think motivation plays in habit making?

The WHY is all important. $ is not a why, it is a result. Simon Sinek, infinite game.

Simple “results” do not drive behavior. The why does.

Do we lack motivation? Or lack clarity..? Take decision making away, and add “if not, then what?”

 

My girls want to be doctors...new habits for school

  • Test anxiety, Study habits, Motivation, and performance

https://search.proquest.com/openview/108a26a3afbec228b3f9a5e3c85d91c3/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=1056401

 Test anxiety and study habits were associated positively with academic success and there was no association with achivement motivation. 

  • Note cards with vocab, definitions, and examples

 

Learning to play the guitar around a campfire was something that motivated me...I began learning and without thinking the process became habitual. High motivation makes the habit loop easy to happen...nearly unconscious. 

William James (father of American Philosophy)- “Belief in the ability to change is the foundation of the ability to change.” 

Talk to me about self buy-in when it comes to motivation or habit making/breaking. 

 

Tony Robbins/Sara Blakley podcast episode: 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tony-robbins-podcast/id1098413063?i=1000467901109

 

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1.21 - Living in Confusion

1.21 - Living in Confusion

December 13, 2020

Living in Confusion

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. 

Confusion. the state of being bewildered or unclear in one's mind about something.

Since March I believe we have all probably been living here. Adley Stump is a FB famous influencer and made the funniest video… Woman makes a parody announcement about Coronavirus safety

 

Let see if we can make a parody of our own. You need to do your core and EE

EE and homework help, that all you need to do…

Write this paper and read this book...and mindplay and Dreambox

Make sure you log into Google Classroom and work that PLP

Did you do your mastery Connect? Where is the work in your core???

 

Add to that the things that are added in the home...well, dishes are gonna be home ec lesson today

Bible study is our history lesson today

Go outside and play...I need you to go outside and play...its PE!

 

Its no wonder we...kids included are living in this state of confusion and appear as they are not going with the flow. 

 

9 yr school schedule. 10:10, 11:30, 1:30

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1v2rPr11dmKcMkS__pBM8P-siphaiK_FqK2kJY_lrbAM/edit#gid=0

“The time and energy required for effective vision communication are directly related to the clarity and simplicity of the message. Communication seems to work best when it is so direct and so simple that it has a sort of elegance. The challenge of simple and direct communication is that it requires great clarity of thought plus more than a little courage. It’s much harder to be clear and concise than overcomplicated and wordy.” 

- John Kotter, Leading Change

 

  • Psychological Safety - a climate in which people feel free to express relevant thoughts and feelings. 
  • A benefit of psychological safety is that it enables clarity of thought. 
  • When the brain is activated by fear, it has less neural processing power for exploration, design, or analysis.

 - Amy Edmondson, Teaming

 

According to Deloitte, decision paralysis brought on by the inability to choose between options is typically the result of cognitive overload and fatigue.

 

Students- I don’t even know where to begin (EE, Core, PLP, Google Classroom, Shmoop)

Parents- So many kids, jobs, appointments, precautions, emails, calls, texts…

Teachers- Benchmarking, Zoom Calls, Grades, Meetings, Grades, Reports, Grades

Admin- MPRs, Meetings, Data Management, Parent conferences, Emails, Texts, Calls

 

Confusion….result of cognitive overload and fatigue (and 2020). Where do we even begin...decision paralysis has reared its ugly head across the board this year. 

 

What do we do? We need clarity. Clarity from our leaders, teachers, parents, within ourselves. 

 

  • Prioritize (Consistently)
  • Write things down and communicate them well (in a variety of ways/mediums)
  • Take a mental break (walk outside, get up, isolate, brain break (GoNoodle on Clever, I even do it with my kids)
  • Communicate with those above you if you are not receiving clarity
  • Clear is kind. We want it and love to extend it. Sometimes it’s hard to know if our messaging is convoluted or clear. It’s a two-way street. Never assume.
  • Dedicated area for work and dedicated area for play
  • Dedicated time for work and dedicated time for play (on your Google Calendar)
  • Give grace. Extend grace. We are all doing our best. Let’s reduce the confusion and clutter together.

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1.20 - Coachability and Being Coachable

1.20 - Coachability and Being Coachable

December 6, 2020

 

Being Coachable and teaching Coachability

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. 

Who are you? How long have you been involved in the world of Edu? What made you choose to come to EPIC? 

Our topic today is being coachable and teaching coachability.

Google defines this as: Coachability, quite simply, means that a person is receptive to feedback, to receiving constructive criticism, and will use that feedback and constructive criticism to improve her or his workplace performance. 

Why is being coachable so important?

How much of being coachable is a mindset issue?

What are some strategies you have used to become more coachable?

Now, you coach coaches...has this changed the way you now approach coachability? 

How quickly can you tell if a person is going to be easily coached?

Can coachability be measured?

 

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1.19 - PBL and Projects
1.18 - Diversity and Inclusion

1.18 - Diversity and Inclusion

November 24, 2020

Diversity and Inclusion

 

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. 

Who are you? How long have you been in Edu? And what brought you to EPIC?

We do not turn away students, but are we inclusive and diverse

It seems as if there is a never ending quest for diversity and inclusion, where are we already meeting these needs? 

https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2020/06/27/duke-coach-mike-krzyzewski-black-lives-matter-granderson-nr-sot-vpx.cnn

What is the plan to improve EPIC from where we are to where we need to be?

 

  • Consider equivalent experiences and projects 

 

Ok rural schools and maybe even some suburban districts arent very diverse, What is your biggest piece of advice for getting started with diversity and inclusion?

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1.17 - Mindset Changes Everything
1.16 All the Data…Now What??

1.16 All the Data…Now What??

November 8, 2020

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. 

 

Who are you? How long have you been at EPIC? 

What position do you currently hold and what do you love about this job?

 

What kinds of tools to we collect data from?

 

What do we do with all of this data?

 

How do you have a discussion with a family around the data from these tools?

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1.15 - Get Out and Vote

1.15 - Get Out and Vote

November 1, 2020

VOTe 

 

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. 

 

Who: What: When: Where: Why: How

How did you get involved in education? What made you bring that to Epic?

 

What are we even able to vote on tomorrow?

Presidential Race

SQ 805

SQ 814

Executive -Corporation Commission - what is this?

Legislative - U.S. House of representatives - 5 districts - plus the race for US Senate

Judicial - Supreme (3), Criminal Appeals (2), and Civil Appeals (3)

State Legislative - 21 districts with opposition - Mine is district 30

 

https://okvoterguide.com/candidates/state-legislative/

 

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1.14 - Advocacy/Edvocacy

1.14 - Advocacy/Edvocacy

October 25, 2020

Being an Advocate or Edvocate

 

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. 

 

This week we talk advocating... next we will have Brant Cale and Todd Thomsen on the podcast again to talk about the vote RIGHT around the corner. 

 

Advocating or being an advocate - What is it?

Student, parent, teacher, principal, MDI, Asst Supts, Supt

 

To date there has been a one-sided story being told. Is there an agenda being set by the people telling the story right now? 

 

We already know who loses, but who benefits from closing EPIC Charter School?

 

What is effective or ineffective when it comes to people calling their legislators?

 

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1.13 - Bullying Prevention /Awareness

1.13 - Bullying Prevention /Awareness

October 19, 2020

Bullying Awareness Month

 

Welcome back to When the Wind Blows...an Epic podcast for parents, teachers, leaders and anyone vested in the world of education. …I asked a few of the most vocal parents on Facebook to help me come up with this outline.

 

Who: What: 

How did you get involved in education? What made you bring that to Epic?

 

Sean: This is Anti-bullying awareness month. What percentage of the kiddos that come to our school have through SM or through surveys have identified as being bullied in their previous school?

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/ordinary-courage/201011/the-cruelty-crisis-bullying-isnt-school-problem-its-national-pastime?fbclid=IwAR11vSl900aF_2I_mQf19qKOy92rc9cuE5Ci4SftGrmrKBTUIBu9SlNCpR0

 

Clayton: You were the first student story we made. You have kind of been immortalized as this 14 year old kid. What have you been up to since that video?

 

Clayton: What message do you have for those that say “bullying has been around for forever...I was bullied and I just sucked it up”

 

Clayton: Do you have any clue or do you ever look up those bullies on FB to compare your stories? 

 

Sean: You have seen soooooo many of these stories come through in the last 10 years; what are some stories that stick out in your head?

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