Kids love to talk, but they struggle with having a conversation; one where both people feel heard and can walk away feeling respected. That’s what I noticed in my classroom when I decided to make a change, a change from a teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered one.
“It’s so boring!”
“I don’t even understand what my third grader is doing in math!”
“That’s not how Mrs. Solano does it!”
“It takes us three hours to do it, and we end up just giving up and going to bed angry.”
The House System was one of the many strategies I observed at the Ron Clark Academy and immediately knew I wanted to implement it in my classroom. The system encouraged friendly competitions, school spirit, and a comradery that was built as students strived to help each other succeed.
In 10th grade in St. Augustine, I was just coming into my own as a student-athlete. I was in Mr. Andrews’ math class, and it was full of seniors and juniors. They were all athletes, and as a 10th-grader I was absolutely terrified.
Brandon Goeke’s official title at the Florida Prepaid College Board is Director of Planning and Development. But he’s also the team member everyone turns to when there is a special project or research endeavor that involves analyzing and crunching numbers. Actuarial study needed? Call Brandon.
At Florida Power & Light Company, we’re working with the communities we serve to help make Florida an even better place to work and raise a family. One way we do this is by supporting education programs that spark interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and help break down barriers to opportunities for Florida’s students.
Encourage: to give support, confidence, or hope to someone.
Each year, I choose a word to focus on as I strive to achieve my personal and professional goals, and for 2018 – my last as Florida’s Education Commissioner – I have chosen “encourage.”