#PhenomenalFriday: “Thanks For The Cut”

#PhenomenalFriday: “Thanks For The Cut”

Reflecting on the week, I thought about one of my favorite Eric Thomas quotes: “If you want to shine bright like a diamond, you have to be willing to get cut.”

This week, I got “cut.” 

Let me give background. 

Two years ago, I created and developed a Word Study routine called “Word Power.” I’ve achieved results in the classroom and through individualized tutoring. In addition to that, a friend and fellow educator students displayed a couple years growth.

After some fine tuning, I proposed to present at LitCon, a national conference. It was accepted. 

The routine is rock solid and beyond critique, right? Maybe not.

Monday, I shared the method with my teammate as an example of what she could use for Word Work(Study). 

Dr. Stascia Hardy, the “rigor lady”, asked where I got the words and wondered if it was similar to the old spelling test.

Me: 😳😳😳

I attempted to answer her questions but wasn’t ready for the critique. 

Later that night, I came to a realization: These are the questions that will be levied my way at LitCon, and I need to be prepared for them.

The next day, I asked Dr. Hardy if she would meet with me. 

During this meeting, I explained that the words are tied to a story at the end of the cycle. Also, spelling is part of the routine but on Day 3(Application).

Following the explanation, I asked what to expect at a national conference.

She told me to lead with the standard. Also, know the exact research with the name attached to it. And provide data with specific details. I’ll be in front of academics. They want to know that information. 

She actually gave me a few ideas to spruce up “ConverStations”, as well. I can’t wait to implement them.

Because I didn’t get offended and upset, I acquired knowledge which will enhance my instruction and strengthen my practice.

Dr. Hardy.

Thanks For The Cut.

I leave you with one thing.

1. Are you receptive to constructive criticism?

2. If not, how would your performance increase if you were?

Be Phenomenal, Mr. Short

Published by Jeremiah Short

My name is Jeremiah Short, and I'm a educator with six years of experience. I love to teach and the overall craft of the profession. I've written one book on my journey(As I Took My Walk With God Volume I: I Stopped Wasting God's Time) with a second one way (As I Took My Walk With God Volume II: Greatness Was Upon Them). In addition to writing books, I've created several instructional routines: Word Power, T.I.D.E., Bloom's Units: Reading and The Phenomenal Classroom.

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