Lately (and for more than a decade now) there have been a host of examples of teachers utterly dissatisfied with the public school system.
Teacher of the Year, Kim Cook, who was given an unsatisfactory grade from her school principal for one, a teacher who gave his video resignation via YouTube and Ed Komperda who wrote a lengthy post on “School Today…What they don’t tell you.”
Back in 2012, when I first launched my online program teaching teachers, homeschool parents and retirees (well, anyone interested really) how to start a tutoring business and grow it to 5 and 6-figures (if they wanted to), I started noticing a trend.
This is part of an email series called 52 Life Lessons that you can access anytime. One email. Each Monday. 52 Weeks. Simple. Powerful. Full of intention to help you grow, heal, enjoy life…and possible even transform a bit.
The best thing I can share with you, as we dive into our second month together, is my personal mantra.
A mantra I just started this year, at the time of writing these 52 Life Lessons and it all stemmed from an amazing book I read.
A book I’ll share below.
My new mantra is simple. It’s three words. It’s powerful. And it’s life-changing.
This is the second part in a series of three. For step one, click on over to this post now.
Let’s have a little recap before we dive into the Second Step of the P.O.P. Method that has played a huge role in taking me from tutoring hobbyist to rocking a multiple 6-figure income…yep, tutoring kids!
P.O.P. stands for PERSON, OPPORTUNITY and PURPOSE.
It’s a simple method I have used over and over during each tutoring session whether it’s with one student at a time or a group of kids.
In fact, as a former teacher, I really never liked POP Quizzes. They seemed to be sneaky things meant to make sure one did one’s work. And not really a method to determine true understanding or mastery of knowledge.
I mean really, is there a boss out there (if I’m preparing students for the real world, a boss is what they will encounter) who will give a POP Quiz?
Sometimes we must look back so that we can celebrate wins that we wouldn’t otherwise bother to notice and see what improvements could have been made. I think this process of a Year-End Self-Inventory is powerful, telling and vital for my growth.
I have so much more to give than I’ve been giving. I’ve been playing small.
When I want to say “shameful” to the above comment or statement of fact, which is not a criticism of myself but a truth, I realize I have work to do on my inner game.
Today’s article is going to be short and sweet, yet full of actionable items you can take as you need to use yourself, with your child or in your classroom - or, in your tutoring session.
Love me some multi-purpose writing. It’s good for ALL MANKIND… echo echo echo.
Okay, now that I’ve stopped play-typing, I know Jessica is secretly laughing at the first line and specifically the word short, so she’s my motivation for NOT making this a novella but an easy post that’s digestible right now.
I refused to be involved in the degradation of the written word.
Not because I’m wordy, though as a writer I guess I kind of am, as a teacher, should be, right?
No, it mattered, because to me words have power. And words are so often misunderstood in their unappreciated form, like via text. Let’s just say that texting seemed prone to misunderstanding or miscommunication amplified, to me.