Don’t Stop Learning – Or Using What You’ve Learned

While reading a blog post I began to think that the end of a year (calendar, not school) is a good time to take stock.  What have I learned this year?  How can it help us?  What actions should we take on it?

The blog, freelance switch, recommends answering five questions to see what you have learned from last year that you can use next year.

1)  What did you achieve this last year?

2)  What worked and what didn’t?

3)  What would you like to accomplish in the next 365 days?

4)  If you change nothing, what will happen?  

5) What is the biggest thing you learned in the last year and how are  you going to use it in the future?

OK, here goes –

1)  What did you achieve this last year?

We were able to bring our bi-weekly TV show up to a weekly TV show.  We brought our yearbook out of the red and into the black.  We shut down our unprofitable newspaper.  We now update our school web site at least once a week – usually more often.  We had some success in UIL News Writing.

2)  What worked and what didn’t?

Most of the things we tried worked, such as raising our standards and expectations (see above), most of our fund raisers, and becoming more user focused on the yearbook.

What didn’t work were things like UIL writing  for headlines and editorials, trying certain fund raisers – like t-shirt sales and expecting yearbook sales to go up.

3)  What would you like to accomplish in the next 365 days?

I’d like to have a daily announcement show for the school, improve our yearbook work flow, restart our school newspaper as an online only news paper and make our TV show look more professional.

4)  If you change nothing, what will happen? 

If we change nothing, we will probably begin to fall backwards – it has happened before.

5) What is the biggest thing you learned in the last year and how are  you going to use it in the future?

Invested kids work better.  Stop trying so hard to get kids who don’t care to work hard.  They won’t.  Keep a smaller, more dedicated staff and get rid of the dead wood.

Mr. C

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1 Comment

  1. Just read this, and number 5 on your list is huge. I get kids who think they want to be in yearbook because we make it look easy, but when they get into the class, they find it’s really hard work and many drop. I have found the perfect number for our little book (208 pages) is 15.


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