How Success and Failure Taught Me the Same Lesson

The past couple of weeks a few events happened simultaneously that led to the inspiration for today’s post. I talked with my friend, Zach Mercurio, author of The Invisible Leader, about purpose in education. If you missed my post “How Purpose and Singapore Can Increase Teacher Retention,” I talked about his research there as well. Being purpose-driven is one of my soapboxes because I really believe it’s a game-changer in leading toward success and fulfillment. He shared with me the David Yaeger research article, “Boring, but Important.”

Increasing Students’ Vocabulary: Word Study in Action

Do you remember studying for the ACT or GRE? Did you buy the vocabulary flashcards or make your own? I remember the summer of 2009 as “The One With the GRE Flashcards” because I took them everywhere and reviewed them in every spare moment. Whether it was by the pool, in the DMV, at the doctor’s office, or at my kitchen table, my anxiety about memorizing the vocabulary words continued to increase. I remember wishing I had received better vocabulary instruction in school. The reality is, in many places, we still aren’t YET teaching vocabulary, or word study, well. The key word here is: YET.

3 Ways to Redefine Failure

I entered the teaching profession hungry to learn how to be a great educator and ready to become the next National Teacher of the Year! I watched Stand and Deliver, Freedom Writers, Dangerous Minds, Lean on Me, and Dead Poets Society, just to name a few. I was ready!

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