Today we at IEE have been discussing the opportunity to implement elements of Power2Achieve Foundations in an arena we haven’t been in before. It’s exciting but we know as with any new venture, there is always some risk involved.
During our conversations today, Matt pointed out that it’s critical to help teachers and other administrators “focus their effort” on the right things as they implement P2A-Foundations.
In trying to help us think through our strategy for this particular opportunity, I think Matt hit right on one of the reasons we’re all in education in the first place, and also something that we strive for as life-long learners…we must always be learning how to better focus our effort.
Our P2A Effort & Attitude Rubric and the instructional content around it is designed to help students develop a positive mindset and increase their amount and concentration of effort in healthy ways as they work to achieve their goals.
I think this week I’ll use a personal adaptation of the phrase Matt put forth in his email to ensure that I’m fully present in all that I do. On a 3×5 index card I wrote “Focus my effort.” I’m going to keep that card in my pocket throughout the week and put it on my desk as I work, on the counter as I cook my meals, and look at it whenever else I might need a reminder. I’ve got a feeling it just might lead to a more effective, efficient, and enjoyable week.