Week 4 Virtual Class Reflection

28 06 2013

First off, I am going to say that I am going to miss the class. It was really enjoyable.

Did you just say Hair Band? I really miss hair metal. I did not fully appreciate it when it was around. I tend to listen to music that offers social commentary on life. Hair metal often dumb and was just about having a good time.  I realize now, as I get older, that sometimes you need that.

The Art of Possibility

I did not really have a favorite chapter. I really enjoyed the stories in the book. They stirred up personal memories of mine.  I do not really feel that the book will change anything that I do in class, but it helped confirm the direction that I have been moving in since I started teaching eight years ago.


Week 4 Leadership Post

28 06 2013

What leadership should be…

A strong leadership role model in my life is the mythical leadership role model provided by Sam Walton and a combination of principles that I have acquired from the being in the psychiatric field. I say mythical because, I do not know if it ever actually existed or was practiced, but the principles behind it are great.  The basic idea is that we should lead from amongst our followers. We should never ask our students, employees, etc… to do something that we have never done. We should develop empathy and seek to understand why people think, feel, and act the way that they do.  We should be the servant of our students, not their leader. We should empower them to lead. 

Week 4 – Peer response to Marc Chacon

28 06 2013

Marc I totally agree with you. I spend most of my life trying to be the best that I can for my kids. I was terrified of having children, feeling that I might create some abominations that rival Frankenstein’s monster.  I was also nervous about being a teacher for many of the same reasons.  I put it off for years. I constantly hope that I have used all my education and experience to impact both my genetic children and my students.


Originally posted here


WEEK # 4

Weekly Reading Ch. 9-12

JUNE 26, 2013



Chapter 11 Creating Framework for Possibility

This chapter had the most affect on my current situation in life. I enjoyed the story about the students who visited Brazil and were a little rowdy in their behavior and how the author handled the situation. The Sao Paolo story was a great example of how to get the most out of our youth through transfer of responsibility to themselves. The talk given by the author resulted in a greater understanding of what it was to be an ambassador of music and leaders. I feel that as a teacher and a parent you are constantly trying to figure out how best to handle teenager’s behavior so they can reflect on their actions and grow.


We are not a machine.


Beauty is everywhere, 

 Although I am not a religious individual I do believe that we all need guidance at varying times and the quote by Marianne Williamson addressed by Nelson Mandela is a great message to pass on to everyone.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We as ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented

   and fabulous-

Actually, who are we not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people

Won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.

It is not just in some of us: it is in everyone,

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

Give other people permission to do the same.


The section on Mission Statement versus Vision statement was also well articulated, I think the distinction between business-oriented goals and life goals are what separate the two. We might need to revisit our school mission statement.

The book The Art of Possibility by Zander and Zander is a book that gave me much to think about when it comes to how I am living my life and how I affect those around me. I would recommend the book to those individuals who need a timeout to evaluate their current situations.

Week 4 – Reading : Lighting a Spark

25 06 2013

Ben’s dad said,“Certain things in life are better done in person”.  I really felt this way about education, until my experience at Full Sail.  Prior to my Full Sail experience, I had taken several professional development courses and a few online course and do not feel that I gained anything from those courses. What I did learn was what I did not want in an online experience.

Passion is what often drives us.  We were asked earlier  in the course, why we thought that educators were so resistant to the implementation of technology? I now say that my answer is PASSION. Educators who do not have a passion for technology will not implement it into their curriculum. We often see things through our own perspective. If they do not use technology, why should their students?

Current pushes in education are requiring teachers to implement technology in their teaching.  To score highly effective, a teacher must implement technology into the classroom. The teacher will be doing this out of fear. This will produce minimal results. It will produce technology for the sake of technology, not technology for the sake of learning.

How can I get  teachers to enroll in the program that technology will benefit their practice?

1992 Geo Metro LSIThe story about the quarters reminds me of time back in high school. I was taking 3 other people home in my 1992 Geo Metro convertible. I was running out of gas. I had $0.16, so I asked the people who I took home if they had any money. We scraped together another $0.15 cents by the time we collected all their money and cleaned out the seat cushions.  I started pumping gas, while talking to my friends. I looked down and I had pumped around $2. I had no more money and did not know what to do. I approached the cashier and decided to see if I could barter, “ I will gladly trade this thirty one cents and this pack of Quaker Instant Oat meal for the opportunity to return and repay you they money we are short.”  The cashier let us have the gas.

Week 3 Leadership Project Hub

22 06 2013

My Leadership Project focus on creating improvements to the way that Human Anatomy and Physiology is taught. Human Anatomy and Physiology focuses on how the body works.  Why not use the whole body and mind when learning it? Why not use the principles of brain-based instruction to make learning an event to remember, versus simply memorizing vocabulary.  I want to share my Action Research Project at the Mississippi Science Teacher’s Association’s yearly convention from October 27-29, 2013. See more info here MSTA.

Here are the links to my previous blogs that tie into this decision:

Week 1 To Publish or Present?


Week 2 Leadership Project Post -Options for presentation

Here is the link to my presentation file. It will be presented using PowerPoint with CPS to allow the participants hands-on use of the CPS Systems, but I will not have access to those until maintenance finishes stripping the floors in my hallway.

Leadership Project Presentation


Week 3 Peer Response to Dave Gibson

22 06 2013
Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)

One day, I will run out of Aye Aye pics from creative commons 😦

Dave, you hit it right on the head about  entitlement  interfering with our ability to grow and learn. This is the most common cause of behavioral problems in the youth that I deal with. They had parents who were given everything for nothing and then they raised their kids that way.  A large portion of society feels that it is their right to simply “have”. It is their right to have the newest cell phone, it is their right to have a PS4, it is their right to have $200 jeans, it is their right to have a car. I get so many parent that complain that they have no control over their children, yet their child has been given this without working for it or even having basic respect towards their parents.  I myself, grew up with parents who killed worked hard to provide me with these things. Fortunately I had good enough insight to realize that my parents spoiled me to a degree. Sometimes, I wish I never had that wisdom, then maybe I would not work so much lol.

Originally posted at http://maestrogibby.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/mac-wk3-reading-post/comment-page-1/#comment-49

Grow Up

In the reading for this week I discovered that the book isn’t really saying anything new or revelatory. But, what it does bring to mind is a new zeal for what is possible if we simply rethink our situation. Imagine that, a book called The Art of Possibility causing you to rethink the possibilities of the situation.
As a public school K-5 music teacher I come in contact with literally thousands of students, parents, teachers, and administrators every week. The most common malady that is noticeable in all situations is the sense of entitlement. So it is no surprise that my mind latched on to the following passage from the book.

P. 97 – When we follow Rule Number 6 and lighten up over our childish demands and entitlements, we are instantly transported into a remarkable universe. This new universe is cooperative in nature, and pulls for the realization of all our cooperative desires. For the most part it lies a bit above our heads. Angels can fly there because, as you may have heard, they take themselves lightly. But now with the help of a single rule, so can we.

The idea put forth in the book that we should get over our childish demands and entitlement issues in order to expand our possibilities is a wonderful reminder. Notice that Zander and Zander actually refer to it as a “remarkable universe”.
I feel like they were listening in on one of my conversations recently if it weren’t for the fact the book was written long before. I was discussing a situation with another elementary classroom teacher and I made the statement that the student had an incredible sense of entitlement and it was hindering their growth in the classroom. The teacher then brought to my attention that the sense of entitlement was a direct result of the parenting example they had lived with since the day they were born. This “childish” behavior is almost systemic.
I also appreciated that the Zanders referred to taking charge over the behaviors and thoughts as taking yourself more lightly. Lofty goal.
Maybe, if students lived a little more on the lighter side there would be more learning happening. But then again, we would need the parents, teachers, and administrators to do the same.
Do we grow up? Or, do we grow?

Week 3 Peer Response to Ken Greene

22 06 2013

I never understood how teachers can teach behind the desk.  My students get really mad during the first 2 weeks of class because I constantly tour the class (although, this last semester it was getting tough to keep moving with grad school and 2 jobs). This is a concept that we called CBWA at Sam’s club, which meant Coach By Walking Around.  They are conditioned that a teachers place is behind the desk and apart from them. Most students get over it, with the exception of the few that have made it to 10th grade by cheating. That is one of the reasons that I really do not care for my SMART board. I leashes me to the front of the class. I did however get a device called an Air Slate, that allows me to use my SMART board while moving around my class.  I can see when my students are engage, I can check their progress, I know who is tweeting, who is using the cell phone to Cha Cha everything, etc…  It allows me to really know my students and increases my capacity to serve them.

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Week 3: Chapters 5-8 Reading Blog: Practicing Freedom

This week’s readings, especially chapter 5-“Leading From Any Chair”, just happened to coincide with training teachers.  I thought it was interesting enough that I posed the question as an opener for participants:  “Where do you lead from?”  I received interesting responses-the most frequent response was that when utilizing the LCD projector teachers tended to stay tied to the front by the desk as a separate entity away from their students.  What I found more interesting is that all teachers feltirritation at being tied to their desks instead of in the midst of student activity.  I asked them if they had considered not teaching from the desk, but having students use the computer to project, so that you are free to move around and interact with students.   Most of them seemed like the question was an epiphany.  I thought, given the information in chapter 5, that sometimes even when we don’t realize it, we tend to lead from the chair at the front of the room completely isolated from our students, and not even realize the impact on the classroom environment we are having. 

Personally, I realized early on that the projectors mounted from the ceilings, although a great tool, was also going to create a problem, so I saved and purchased my own lcd projector to allow me to move about the room and allow students to lead the learning within the classroom.  This way, I am the conductor-I don’t have to make a sound, but I am silently leading the room by allowing students to experience the greatness.  Knowledge isn’t something that we should keep and just give to those that might be worthy, but opening the doors for all to gain that knowledge-it doesn’t mean that we will become obsolete or not needed. For example, recently our band director couldn’t attend a performance-I have no idea how to conduct or lead a band-no idea.  Before the performance started, I asked the band, what do I do?  They told me to make eye contact and point when certain instruments were to be emphasized.  Of course, I had no idea when this was to occur, so I followed them.  I stood in front, but they are the ones that led me through the performances.  Could they have managed this feat alone and independent of me?  Yes, they could have, but instead they passed their knowledge to me-with me, together-shouldn’t this be what our classrooms look like?  We led together and not through isolation.  I am not better than any of my students. Did our band director become obsolete because I stood awkwardly in his place-absolutely not.  He is still needed because he is the one that taught them how to lead me.  

I try to not take myself seriously; I try to laugh at errors and at moments when I completely humiliate myself, others do laugh with me, but the most interesting thing occurs each time (and there are a lot of these moments), I learn something and so do those that are with me at that moment.  You see in these moments I am relying on my “central self” and not my calculating self.  I don’t see these moments as road blocks that will equate to my demise, and one shouldn’t have this perception.  Each time I make a mistake, others see that I am fallible, that I am not perfect, and that not being perfect is okay-and well, actually fun.  The engagement created in the classroom from those silly errors, create an environment where we are all together, imperfectly.   

While reading, a light bulb went off.  I have attended what I consider completely total useless teacher trainings.  Those kinds of trainings that occur last minute, in the most inopportune moments, right when I am in the midst of a really good lesson, and I am jerked from the class to attend the snore fest that I see as nothing more than a waste of my time.  Yikes-I can be one of those people that see the negativity in the situation and only think the entire time about how negative it is.  This is definitely an area that needs improvement.  I noticed that at this recent training where I was training educators, there were 2 in the room that spent the entire week seeing what should be happening on their campuses and in their district-I wonder how much of the amazing strategies they missed out because of their focusI wonder how many amazing strategies over the course of my teaching career that I have missed out on because I focused solely on what should be instead of what is.  I need to participate completely in all ventures.  What I have learned is that I may gain somethingbeneficial through the eyes of a passionate learner instead of a disgruntled educatorWhat freedomcan be gained when we are not chained by our own negative perceptions?


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