Monday Message: October 13, 2013

October 28, 2013

CSISD Staff:

Have you voted in the bond and school board election?  If so, thank you.  If not, please do so. 

College Station early voting locations include:
  • College Station Utilities Meeting & Training Facility
    • 1603 Graham Road, College Station
  • Memorial Student Center
    • Texas A&M University - College Station
Early voting locations will be open this week from 8:00-5:00 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8:00-8:00 on Thursday and Friday.  Polls will be open from 7:00-7:00 on Election Day (November 5).   For a list of the November 5 polling places, see this Notice of Election.

I keep reading about the need to teach our students to be persistent, tenacious and gritty.  A new booklet came across my desk last week titled Fostering Grit by Thomas R Hoerr.  Mr. Hoerr starts his booklet with the question, “Is our job to prepare students for success in school or for success in life?” 

If you answer the question that our job is to prepare students to succeed in life, there are powerful implications for how you design instruction and how you interact with students and adults. Additionally, there are implications regarding the questions you ask and the expectations you have for yourself and your students. The content/curriculum does not become less important, but how the content/curriculum is taught changes.

We want to develop students with Strong Hearts, Skilled Hands and Robust Minds.  To do that, we must teach our students to persist through tough situations, to buckle down when problems arise and to overcome obstacles. 

Are you helping students to be persistent, gritty and tenacious? 

I appreciate your effort and persistence as you work to meet the needs of our students.

Success.

Eddie
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