Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | Book of Bland

We Should All Write A Book

No, seriously.
I believe we all should write some kind of book.
Everybody has something inside of them to contribute to the world around them.

There are those small things that we found ourselves repeating time and time again.
Maybe it’s some kind of quality advice.
Maybe it’s a step-by-step process for doing some kind of task.

  • Achieving a certain kind of style or look with make-up
  • Different way to perform various maintenance requirements for your vehicle(s)
  • Life lessons and how to capitalize on opportunities that stem from “mistakes”

The point that I’m making is that we all have something of value to share.  Maybe it won’t be a book that turns into the next block-buster movie event of the Summer, but who knows?  Maybe it will.

Either way, why not take a chance and just go for it.
I like Mr. Bland’s idea for a book, and I actually think he should write a book.

If you know who Mr. Bland is, and even if you don’t, you should encourage him to follow through with this idea & publish this book.

His youtube channel is: Mr. Bland
You can go subscribe & leave him a comment to get started on his “Book of Bland”.

While you’re at it, I would be most appreciative if you subscribed to my channel:
Coach Pabon.

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Coach Pabon | What Are You Doing?

Negative Nannies

Wassup everybody? Coach Pabon comin’ at you.
Listen – negativity is part of life. I get it.
But, for too many people it has become auto-freakin-matic.

Randomly ask anyone in passing at work, at school, or even at home, “Hey, how’s it going?” Many people will give you some kind of negative response:

  • Ohhhh – I’m really dragging today …
  • Same crap – different day!
  • Is it Friday yet?

And, a host of other negative responses, generally speaking.

Criticism

Along this thought process is criticism.
Without having to go into a prolonged thesis, criticism comes in two flavors.

  • Destructive Criticism
  • Constructive Criticism

Generally speaking, criticizing someone or something, in and of itself, is not a bad thing if done properly and for the correct reason.

Are you employing destructive criticism for the sole purpose of being heard, somehow feeling you have some power over the person/thing you are criticizing, or because you are still holding on to a grudge?

If so, allow me to suggest that you may benefit from some self-evaluation.

  • Why are you feeling so slighted?
  • What part did you have to play in your negative experience?
  • Are you just throwing a tantrum?

Constructive criticism should aim to improve someone or something. What you found wrong should be quantifiable and specific.  There should be some tangible suggestions being made about how to change and/or improve what is wrong.

Solutions | Choices

One quick solution here is to be the example. Be the change that others should follow.  I sometimes stop people dead in their tracks, because for several years my response is one of general positivity.

It’s very rare to hear someone say something like:

  • I feel GREAT – how about you?
  • Things are really Freakin’ AWESOME right now!
  • Yo – I’m EXCITED – I’ve never been better!

Life is about choices & sometimes we have to make a concerted effort to choose the positive route.

Which path will you choose?

Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | Digital Principal

Who Are You?

Are you the go to person when it comes to digital media?
Are you staying abreast of how technology can improve what you do?
Are you the Digital Principal for your arena?

Real “job security” comes from creating so much value that you become an asset that others cannot do without.  Be the MVP for your organization. Since this conversation focused around education – if you’re in that arena, be the MVP for your school or for your district.

We’re in the 21st century, and we still have people outright refusing to engage with technology.  It is not a fad. Do not fear the technology – embrace it.  Use technology to simplify your life.

Is there a learning curve?

Sure – absolutely.
But, it should not be as drastic as some people make it out to be. (I know this sentence is grammatically incorrect, but we’re on the interwebs – so loosen up a little, ok.)

You have to get out of your own way.
“You have to get past your old you to get to the new you.”
– Dr. Eric Thomas (ET The Hip Hop Preacher)

Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | The Start

What do you get when two non-traditionally trained educators sit down to have an impromptu conversation?

You get an interesting & refreshing taste of positive thought process, solutions, & recommendations for various challenges experienced by education professionals everywhere. Enjoy the ride.

Mr. Bland and I always seem to have some very thought provoking conversations, and on more than one occasion we have said that we really should record our conversations.  That’s what lead to this first (of many) videos.

Mr. Bland came into my classroom during a planning period that we both share.  We were about to begin having one of our conversations when I said, “Hey we should record this.” I had a student aide in the classroom, and he recorded the conversation for us. It was completely impromptu – which I believe shows through the video.

Anyway, we wound up speaking about several different topics.  I believe we helped come up with some very viable recommendations and/or solutions for various challenges that are experienced by educators everywhere.

We hope our unplanned conversation will help someone out in the interverse, or at least give you some ideas with which to begin.

This was, literally, the beginning — setting up the video recording.
Make sure you check out my “Coach Pabon” youtube channel to catch the rest of the videos in this series, as well as, future videos.