What stops us from doing unpleasant or burdensome tasks? It's those dreaded DFLIs (Don't Feel Like It) and DWANNAs (Don't Want To)! Procrastination is alive and well in your school by now, and Top 20 wants to help you exterminate that pest. Take a quick listen to Tom...read more
Relationship First. As humans we rarely ask a stranger to lend us their lawn mower or to help us move. Yet as educators, we often ask students to ‘do’ all sorts of things (like math, essays, speeches, etc.) without building a relationship first. Human Being Preceded...read more
Keep telling your students "you are more than a score." Standardized test scores do not define students. Each child has unique identity, worth, and purpose, and each one has vastly different skills and talents. We have to deal with young people as human beings first,...read more
Feedback: Checking In Educators: It's late October and it's time to check in with your students to see how things are going. Feedback is the “Breakfast of Champions,” it's how we effectively adjust what we are doing in the classroom. You are the pilot, flying the...read more
CREATING A TOP 20 CULTURE Our Current Work Culture What exists in our current culture that empowers our potential to explode? What exists in our current culture that limits our potential from exploding? ...read more
Remembering Your Mission & Purpose Why are we doing what we are doing? Name three core values you carry as a teacher. You are a member of this profession because you believe: A. B. C. Star Qualities...read more
Roadblock to Success: I AM STUPID! Equal Sign lets ‘Stupid’ out of the box Reactions to Feeling Stupid: Withdraw: quit + quiet Pretend Emotional: embarrassed, angry, upset, sad, worry, nervous, stress Judgments: I’m not good enough; I don’t know...read more
When I was cleaning sticks off my sidewalk this weekend, a car pulled up, rolled down the window, and the driver asked me which direction he needed to go to get to Cleveland Avenue. I told him, he thanked me, and went on his way. At no point in our brief conversation...read more
This week’s communication (sent home to the parents/guardians of Mr. Bowlin’s 4th graders) ignites the barrage of brainpower combating the evil enemy that has been limiting potential since the beginning of time: STUPID! The assault on STUPID reminds us that Stupid...read more
This week’s communication (sent home to the parents/guardians of Mr. Bowlin’s 4th graders) takes a serious look at the many ways they’re SMART. Do your students or children know how they’re smart? Have a read and let them know! Top 20: Know How We’re Smart Growth...read more
Top 20’s primary goal is to revolutionize education in America by helping students become more engaged in school and providing teachers with a new way of seeing themselves as relevant educators in the 21st century.
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