Focus

This evening I am speaking at my school district’s annual award’s ceremony. I am a big believer in the power of images and I created this one that will be my final slide.



The title is simply “focus”. Too often we in the world of education get wrapped up in the many facets of our job that we lose our focus. At some level we all got into this work because of the students. Yet, there is a great many things that often blur our work and get in the way of what we do. Depending on our role in education, we all have things that distract us from the meaningful work we have a passion to do. I am in need of this reminder from time to time and plan on keeping this image close as that reminder…focus on what matters. 

7 comments:

Teach Science Right said...

That is an excellent reminder. Too often we get caught up in committees, plans, reports, politics, evaluations, etc. that we often lose sight of what brought us into the profession in the first place. This will be a powerful slide. Thank you for the wisdom you share with the education community - it is inspiring and necessary!

Chris

Tom Whitford said...

Great Visual Josh! I hope the presentation went well and please keep sharing your reminders. This is the time of year when people can lose focus.

Jacob Smithers said...

Great post Stump!!!!

Ms. Sullivan said...

Thank you for the reminder - all those outside distractions do weigh heavily and sometimes we lose track of what we're doing in the first place. Seems like the student in the picture might be distracted by grades, pressures, personal issues...so sometimes we both lose focus.

Carol Brieseman said...

A very meaningful and timely reminder - Thanks Josh!
This is why we do what we do.
Kia Kaha!

Mr. Powers said...

Great visual and reminder for us all!
Thanks for the post Josh.

Janet Abercrombie said...

Great photo. When I look at my email box, I have end-of-year tasks to do such as planning units, inventory-ing books, and more.

It's all about the students - good reminder.