Thursday, December 31, 2015

Create Resolutions, But Stay Resolute!

Create Resolutions, But Stay Resolute!

As we close out 2015, and head to 2016 you probably are thinking about your resolutions for the new year. However, beyond resolutions, what will you be resolute about? The definition for resolute is: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. 

Would you respond yes or no to the following:

In my work, I am admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering in:
  • putting my students needs and interests before my own
  • seeking first to understand before being understood
  • believing in my own potential first, so I can find it in my students
  • embracing that I have the power to change lives
  • creating lessons that spark curiosity, wonder, and imagination
  • making my students feel worthy, when maybe nobody else does
  • investing in the human core more than the common core
  • believing that my purpose as an educator far outweighs my challenges 
Well, what were your answers? Notice in the definition of resolute it doesn't say always. Inevitably, there will be times that your answers to the list above will be no! This incredible profession is filled with peaks and valleys. This is where being resolute as an educator is vital. Being resolute will not allow you to fall prey to the negativity that permeates all buildings and fosters complacency.

Believe me, I'm not naive to think that what educators do on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis is easy. Quite the contrary. It is undoubtedly hard work.  However, I am admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering in believing that it is all worth it! 

So, as the calendar turns to start another year, I hope that you stick to your resolutions. More importantly, I hope that you stay resolute in knowing that as educators we have the power to be difference makers in the lives of our students. There is no curricula, nor strategy, nor technology, that substitutes for an educator's ability to provide hope!

What will you be resolute about in 2016? I would love to hear your comments!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

"Wait 'till You Get in the Real World"

"Wait 'till You Get in the Real World"

songs for new world.jpgI had been thinking a lot about how adults say to kids "Wait until you get into the real world." I'll get back to that at the end of the post. I saw the production of "Songs For A New World" by our MRHS Drama Club. It inspired me to write this post.
I was sitting next to my Superintendent, Mr. Teeple, when he leaned over and said, “Check out the diversity on that stage.” As I listened to them sing, all I could hear was this incredible harmony. Then it dawned on me. This is a true representation of Monmouth Regional, but more importantly a true representation of the real world. No, sorry, it is a true representation of how the real world should perform. The harmony these students displayed on stage is the same harmony you can see in our hallways, classrooms, cafeteria, athletic fields, and more. Sure, I am thankful that we have three congressional award winners.  As principal, I am thankful that we had several NJ Rising Scholars receive acceptance and scholarships to college. No doubt, I am thankful we had two scholar-athletes receive scholarships this fall. I am also thankful for our teaching staff who continue to explore and expand their pedagogy, but most importantly demonstrate incredible compassion for our students. I would be remiss if I wasn’t thankful for the 11 GSSPA awards won for journalism by our students. I am thankful for our boys and girls soccer teams, who were not expected to make the postseason, but both teams qualified for playoff soccer. In addition, I am thankful our football team, predicted to finish well under .500 finished at 5-5. All you have to do is look around to see how great a place our school truly is.
Now, if you look at the picture of the cast back at the start of this post, all races, religions, and cultures are represented - a  true microcosm of our student body. So, what I am most thankful for as the principal of Monmouth Regional, is that I humbly get to lead a school where our students model for society how we should all interact with each other. So, when I hear adults say, "Wait until you get in the real world," I don't worry about our students getting to the "real world". Why? Because at Monmouth we are the real world and our students are already making an impact! I am truly thankful for all of our diversity at MRHS, for that is what makes us #1FalconNation. Follow us on Twitter @monreghs

With Pride,
Cory Radisch

Principal, MRHS