"Last Boot on the Ground" Thoughts on Being a Leader: Kingston's Journal #31

"The Job is Done" https://youtu.be/Rz1ypj59LOA There's an old saying that goes, a manager tells people what to do and a leader shows them what to do. Break down the word "leader" and you get the word lead. Break it down further and for every leader you have followers. What does it mean to follow? It … Continue reading "Last Boot on the Ground" Thoughts on Being a Leader: Kingston's Journal #31

"What Turns a Heart Bitter" On Love and Indifference: Kingston's Journal #31

"Not loved? Be consciously indifferent. https://youtu.be/QdModaFumno Teaching job is over, just need to finish up the grading and that'd be a wrap for being a school teacher. I think back to all the things I did for my kids out of love, care and concern. And how so much of it was unrecipricated. I won't … Continue reading "What Turns a Heart Bitter" On Love and Indifference: Kingston's Journal #31

"Rudy" Work Hard, In a Thoughtful Place: Kingston's Journal #30

What does a moment in the spotlight cost. https://youtu.be/I_gn5VMX5JY Let's talk about Rudy, he was a young man with big dreams. He may have been small in stature, but that didn't deter him from playing college football. He spent years toiling, working harder than most to be a bench warmer on the team. Only in … Continue reading "Rudy" Work Hard, In a Thoughtful Place: Kingston's Journal #30

"A Man's Burden" On Taking Responsibility for Everything: Kingston's Journal #28

What gives life meaning is moving a weight from one place to another. https://youtu.be/m-SdVe1naF0 I started the term with high ideals for myself, I was going to emulate the best teacher I ever knew and make all my kids better students. "Great teachers inspire" I said to myself. A number of my students have improved, … Continue reading "A Man's Burden" On Taking Responsibility for Everything: Kingston's Journal #28

"It's About Being Remembered" A Lesson on Leaving a Legacy: Kingston's Journal #27

https://youtu.be/9gjHXXr1AWk Just because I only have a few weeks left as a schoolteacher doesn't mean I have ceased rolling out new ideas in the classroom. I watched a Ted talk on how to be the most effective teacher. The speaker talked about how he did away with the traditional teacher is at the front lecture … Continue reading "It's About Being Remembered" A Lesson on Leaving a Legacy: Kingston's Journal #27

Bad Decisions Define Us: Kingston's Journal #18

Each decision we make relates to the next https://youtu.be/9noWACRuBw4 We all have choices that we make in life, some good, some bad. Our lives are a series of choices. For instance, the college you decided to go to determines your geographic location, your location in school decides where you begin building your professional network as … Continue reading Bad Decisions Define Us: Kingston's Journal #18

"Bend it 'Till it Breaks": Kingston's Journal #15

Rock the boat till it capsizes, you'll swim. https://youtu.be/QqRDy5hIcdY One of the things I've discovered that I dislike the most is asking for permission. It is something that we are inherently conditioned to do when we were socialized as school children. We were told as kids when to stand and when to sit, if we … Continue reading "Bend it 'Till it Breaks": Kingston's Journal #15