Push Beyond Average for High School Success

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.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

 

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Two Minutes To Educational Success

What is the real reason many people become successful so fast? I think it has to do with the small actions they take in life that have the biggest impact. I call this the Two Minute Zone. Every day, we have an opportunity to get things done. Those things are big or small, important or insignificant. The problem is the choices we make when it comes to the small but important ones. Take, for instance, the choice to fold your clothes, pick up your mess, or make your bed daily. Aside from having a large amount to clean up, most of these tasks can be maintained within a two-minute window. This is where procrastination kills desire and hope. Procrastination isn’t a killer of big dreams; if it were, we would definitely know it was coming, and avoid it. Procrastination is the killer of little steps that get you to your big dream. How hard is it to put one shirt away? It takes less than two minutes to fold and put in its correct location. However, if we avoid these little steps, it takes hours on the weekend to clean because we didn’t take two extra minutes when it was manageable.

Become more organized by taking two minutes to get rid of extra things on your desk, or area of study. In my early years of teaching, my desk was always a mess, but I stand on my record of never losing a student’s assignment. As I started to read about the importance of simple organization, I realized taking two minutes each class period to organize saved me an hour later in the day when all the class assignments were turned in. Teachers will use trays or folders to organize the assignments coming in, and this method didn’t work for me. I used a paper clip system to organize assignments so I could grade them in a timely fashion. It was such a simple system that employed me to stay organized. There are times when a simple system is all we need, but we avoid that by just letting things stack up, and believing we will have time to do it later. If you are a busy student, your time to redo things is very limited, and you should have a system in place that helps you organize and increase your success.

If your area of study is organized, you will be able to dive right into your assignments when you are ready, and won’t have to move things out of the way to be productive. Taking the time to clear a space is wasting your productivity time. I like to use my bad energy to clean up things. There’s no sense in using my good, creative energy to clean off my desk and then get to work. My best work must be used by my best energy. When I sit and write, I always prepare for the next day after my writing energy is depleted so I don’t have to start my writing session by cleaning and moving things around.

 

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.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Work Ethic Chapter 3 Prepare for Tomorrow, Today

When I was a high school teacher, I would assign a project where my freshmen would share the things they wanted to accomplish in life. Students were not only to share what they wanted to accomplish, or attain, but show it in pictures. At the time, I knew it was good to visualize what you wanted in life, but I didn’t understand the true value of knowing and going for what you want. When you accomplish a few things, you tend to stop asking bigger and bolder actions of yourself. Looking back on those projects, I know there were some bold actions those students wanted to do. I wonder if they accomplished them, or fell into a life of good enough. At this point in your high school career, you have to ask the bold questions that will lead you to the real desires of your heart. You don’t need to know the exact steps, but you do need to develop a specific direction.

These thoughts will jump-start your thinking and actions so you are working on goals that will lead you toward your desires. What are the steps to get to your goals when you don’t have the specifics? Daily, you should take 20 minutes and visualize what you need to do and what you want to accomplish the next day as it relates to your long-term goals. At the end of your day, take time to visualize how the next day will go, and make a list of things you need to accomplish. Doing the status quo will lead to an end point, but those accomplishments may benefit someone else more than they benefit you. By taking a few minutes to prepare for tomorrow, while living in the present, you assure yourself a road map to follow as your journey unfolds.

There are many ways to prepare for tomorrow, today. Saving some of your money will ensure you have cash when something you really want comes along. As an entrepreneur, I have to constantly plan for tomorrow. Most of my actions are done for me to accomplish what I really desire in the future. As I have improved my thoughts, it is easy for me to delay spending a few dollars a day on food and making the choice to eat at home. My actions are designed for me to achieve something in the future.

Think of today as the opportunity to accomplish your immediate goals, and to get one step ahead on your future goals. When I was teaching, I would remind my students that today is filled with opportunity to either get ahead, or fall behind. Taking today to prep for tomorrow isn’t as hard as it seems. Just take a short period of time, say 20 minutes, and plan for the next day as it connects to your accomplishments.

Prepare for tomorrow by understanding your desires for success will help move you into action. I have worked with many students that have truly wanted to be more successful in school and in life. These thoughts were exciting and scary at the same time. Much of what students experience regarding the future is related to a lack of confidence in accomplishing their goals. Talk is cheap, yet we give so much credit to some of the best talkers in our society. Don’t set yourself up to only be a talker. Face your desires with truth, and get to work on yourself so you can accomplish them one day. How do you know what you want to accomplish? How do you know what success is? This is the advice I received, and still use to this day. Success is very personal, and it is totally up to you to decide what your life will look like. This means you may not make a million dollars, but if you are doing the things you desire a high percentage of the time, you may call that successful. The beauty of your life and mine is that I get to define what I believe as successful, and so do you. Are there some general rules to our society? Sure. However, to each their own if they don’t want to live by those rules.

If you take the time to soul search and listen to your desires you will be able to take the appropriate actions to achieve what you want. Even if your actions take you in the wrong direction, your desire for success will help you to correct the mistakes and keep pushing toward a better future for yourself. There is no way you are going to get through this life without making mistakes. Most will be small, but there will be a few big ones in there.

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.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos