Part 4: What do Tom Brady, dancing sharks, and teacher leadership have in common?

We must stick to our mission.

Do you know the story of Marshawn Lynch? The brief version is that he was fined $100,000 for refusing to talk to reporters a few weeks ago.  So last week at Super Bowl Media Day, this is what ensued:

Watch the short video here.

In case you are wondering, he repeated some semblance of the phrase “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” 29 times. Now that is an A+ example of sticking to your mission!

We must be as focused as Marshawn Lynch on Media Day. I’m not implying that we don’t talk to the press or that we repeat the same phrase over and over. But we must keep our focus, our mission, and our vision tight in our minds. And those 3 things should center around our students. Sometimes it is hard to clearly hear the voices of our students when we are generations removed from the classroom. We must still have our students as our grounding point. We must see their faces with every word we say, every piece of our work we do, in and out of the classroom.  So when I feel far from my students, my mission, I close my eyes and think back to those faces. When I am frustrated at what I think is a lack of progress towards a goal in my teacher leadership, when I feel like I’ve lost my way, I use those faces to remind me of the important work we do. They help me remember to stick to my mission.

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