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100 Years from Now – What will Matter?


No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Have you purposefully invested in caring about your students so they’ll care what you know?

In today’s Zap of Wynn, we look at building productive relationships with your students that make an impact for the long run. Be sure to leave a comment after the video.

Have a blessed Sunday and I’ll see you next week,

 

Wynn

 

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| possibilities, purpose, speak what you seek, student engagement, students, success | September 22, 2013

About the author

Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

6 Responses to "100 Years from Now – What will Matter?"
  • Shannondoah Deaver September 22, 2013

    Wynn

    You know I am not in the classroom of education anymore but this video speaks to me in my quest to build my real estate business. Getting to know my client, getting them to like me and TRUST ME…building my relationships is the foundation of my life. Thank you so much for inspiring me this Sunday morning.

    I will share this on my Facebook page for my educator friends, as well. Your words of wisdom are so often forgotten in the daily grind of bureaucracy our educators feel.

    Best
    S

    • Wynn
      Wynn September 22, 2013

      Ah, my dear, yes it is true across occupations. I never wanted to think of education as sales, but the truth is (having done both) they are very similar. Interestingly enough, and this is where you will shine, is that bringing your authentic, honest self to the process is what is needed in the world. YOU have always done this. It is how you live. Therefore, you will be successful in real estate. People will trust you because they can. Your desire to see them in the home that meets their needs and does not stress their lives is the honest truth of you. Matching families and homes is your calling. Life has provided you many experiences of this type and now it asks you to use your experience to guide others. ‘Tis a beautiful thing.

      As this unfolds, you will be placing children in schools filled with educators of high quality also- it is one big damn circle and you are an integral part of it!

      The authenticity of life is for all of us: teachers, real estate, parents, shop keepers… The “sales” part is a waste if the authenticity isn’t there.

      Well, there goes my soap box. I’ll hop off for now. Couldn’t resist commenting …

      Thank you for sharing this message. I pray it makes a difference for teachers too.

      Here’s to making an authentic positive difference in the world- whatever your calling!

      xo,
      Wynn

  • Jan September 23, 2013

    Some of my great ideas from the “past” (36 years teaching) that I have abandoned… (but I want to start using again after watching this video):
    1- “Two Way Journal”- Students simply write to me in a tiny 4×5 inch stapled booklet, and I write back. I set up a schedule of about two times per week. They loved it.
    2- “Talent Show Tuesdays”- My 4th graders ate lunch in the classroom, and performed simple talents for the class (sort of a dinner theater), like joke telling, dancing, singing, whatever!
    3- “Lunch with the Teacher”- The leader of the day gets to sit with the teacher with a friend and just have some good conversation. (We don’t get “duty free lunch” anyway at my school.)

    • Wynn
      Wynn September 23, 2013

      Jan,
      Congratulations on 36 years of teaching! Indeed you are shaping our world.

      I love all three of your ideas. I am proud to think I had a small part in bringing them back to life in your classroom. I challenge our viewers to take on one of these. What fun this would be.

      I’d love to be a fly on the wall for Talent Show Tuesdays!

      Thank you for sharing your ideas with us- and for reaching children with such devotion all these years.
      :)Wynn

  • Susan Heerd September 23, 2013

    Being at the door to greet my students as they arrive at the classroom door in the morning is a great first step to building relationships with your students. I’m talking full attention to students as you talk, not running around the room and getting things ready for the day. You may have to spend 5 extra minutes after school or come in 5 extra minutes before school to get everything ready. It is amazing what a genuine good morning Wynn how are tody? Or what did you do last night, or how was your game? Will do for a child.

    During opening (morning meeting) everyone gets an opportunity to share. I’ve found if I do this there are fewer interruptions to tell me about something when in the middle of group work.

    Another thing I have done is ask for game schedules, dance recital dates, play times so I can attend a game or performance of my students.

    Beary Nice our classroom mascot went home on weekends with a student. He went everywhere the child went those two days. Parents and child wrote about their adventures with Beary Nice in his journal. Upon return on Mon. I read the journal to the class and the child also shared. The children loved sharing what they did.

    On Monday I had lunch bunch. Follow the rules all week you get to have lunch with the teacher in the classroom. I sat down with my students and shared lunchtime with them eating, talking and enjoying each others’ company.

    • Wynn
      Wynn September 23, 2013

      Susan,
      I totally agree with what you said. I remember one year when I was teaching 4th grade and my son was in 4th grade. He played football and so did many of my students. (or were cheerleaders) Because we were all at the same rec center I got to see a lot of my students “perform.” It was a great year. I genuinely enjoyed seeing them all out of school. It made a huge difference in the classroom too. We had so much in common and relating lessons took on a whole new twist.

      I love your Beary Nice classroom mascot too. That would be really fun.

      Thanks for sharing!

      :)Wynn

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