When I was a high school social studies teacher, the first day of school was filled with me spouting rules and handing out the class text to each student. Nothing like handing out a packet of rules and a ten-pound book to shake the nerves of sophomores! The bar I set in my class was that the effort needed to make an average grade was a C, or 69.5% to 79.4%. This average bar was very difficult to get over for all students because I believed in challenging my students to become better learners. I believe that if you make an effort to always push beyond average, you will make some great strides within your high school years.
Why push beyond average? Why not? As a teacher, I would always wonder why students weren’t pushing beyond average in some part of their life. There were kids who played video games that I would destroy at their game of choice. I would say, “You mean to tell me this is all you do, and I get on the stick and beat you? At least destroy me so I see how you are spending your time.” Nothing wrong with video games, but if you aren’t at least dominant at it after all that time, why bother? In high school, I really cared about baseball. I would practice all the time just to keep up with the other players on the team. It was tough because I always had to hold my own by practicing on my own for hours. There was dedication for pushing beyond average. Even if you were better than me at one area, I would still find a way to win. I didn’t have a name for it; I just worked my butt off to not be even close to the weakest link.
Where are you pushing beyond average? You can’t be the class clown and have mediocre jokes all the time. You can’t be the A+ student and have a report card full of C’s. There has to be something you push yourself beyond being average at. Can you claim to be the best at anything in your neighborhood? Once you can, you need to do like we did as kids. Go a neighborhood over and test your skills to see if you are really as good as you think.
Pushing beyond average has to be connected to your personal pride and self-esteem. Everyone should know you are dominant in something. If not dominant, then you are above average and would be considered the go-to person. One of the best things I would see as a teacher was when a student decided to do better in class. They usually made the big decision to move their seat to a better place in the classroom. They had to make that walk of shame to the area of the room where the smart kids were doing their thing. They had to abandon their old friends and go to be near the other kids they deemed “not worthy” a few weeks ago. The best part of this would be the respect the group of “smart” kids would suddenly have in the lives of those performing below average.
In order to push beyond average, you need to know that average means the activity or class you are involved in. If there are teachers tougher than others, it may require you to deliver more effort just to earn an average grade than in another situation. In order to know this, it is best to ask what the expectations are, and see how that matches up to what you are able to deliver. If you have minimal skills, you will need to improve your skills in order to master the class or activity. By knowing what you are up against, you can also make the right decisions if you need more of a challenge. I believe it is good for high school students to have teachers who are very challenging on every level. Why should the honors and advanced placement students be the only ones challenged? Regular curriculum classes need to be very challenging also, so if you have to take a class at this level, look for a teacher who will challenge you. Being challenged will help you be more successful in the long run.
Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986
It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.
Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.