Back To Work

Today was my official day back to work. The first part of the day was spent in an all-staff meeting. We discussed the safety and security concerns on our campus.   I already feel a lot safer.

We also discussed the district’s vision statement which is College and Career Readiness For All Students.  It’s good to start with this at the beginning of the year.  It is interesting to see how the administration feels and how they propose we reach our goals.

Finally, we discussed the book that our staff wanted to read together.  The title of the book is called Teach Like a Champion, by Doug Lemov.


In the book, Lemov outlines 49 techniques teachers can utilize in their classroom to set high academic standards, engage students in classroom discussions, create strong classroom climate, and build character and trust.  I had read the book two years ago and began implementing most of the 49 techniques.  I also created a sign that said Learn Like A Champion Today.  I placed this sign outside my classroom door and before students enter the classroom they touch the sign just like the Notre Dame football team touches their Play Like A Champion Today sign before home football games.  It is a reminder of what we are about to do when we enter the classroom.  It focuses the kids on their responsibilities once they enter.  Here is a picture of my sign.


My friend and co-worker, Harold, mentioned to my principal that he saw my students touch the sign over the past two years and he thought it would be awesome if the whole school did it, too.  My principal bought all of us signs to post outside our classrooms.  Here is a video about the Notre Dame football team and what it means to touch the sign before a big game.

I felt good that my principal recognized my sign’s value.  In the morning, I stand by the door and greet all my students as they enter. They touch the sign and I say, “Good Morning.” It is a great way to start the morning.