Consistency

IMG_0554This weekend, I ran in a 10-mile race as part of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Miler Series. This was my third of three races preparing me for the mini-marathon in May. After this same race last year, I wrote a Monday Memo about the importance of finishing strong. This year, I want to talk about something that comes before a strong finish – being consistent. This topic came to mind as I was preparing myself for the start of the race. For this event, I decided I was going to run with a pace setter. A pace setter is someone who runs and makes sure you stay on pace to reach your goal for the race. Before the event began, the pace setter was talking with me and about 10 other runners who had decided to run along with him. He told the group that he was going to help us run a very consistent race. He said that each mile will be as close to 8 minutes as possible. A little later, during the race, he talked about the importance of being consistent during a run. He explained that if you stay consistent, you will be more apt to have a strong finish. He said too often runners go out too fast or too slow and they can’t meet their goal because of their lack of consistency. You can see my mile splits below. They were very consistent, just like he said, which helped set me up for a strong finish

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Just like in a race, being consistent as an educator is important. It is important for educators to be consistent when dealing with behavior, enforcing rules, grading, interacting with students, and the list could go on. If we aren’t consistent in these areas, it is hard on students. Students need to know what to expect when they walk into our classroom. If things change from day-to-day, students are the ones who suffer. Anthony Robbins said, “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” What is shaping your classroom?

Spring Break is a week behind us and ISTEP is right around the corner (two weeks). Those two things always mean that the end of the school year is looming near. As we are heading into the home stretch, remember to be consistent from day-to-day. I know each of you will have ups and downs, and some days it will be easier to handle the students, but we need to remember that we have to be consistent in order to finish strong.

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“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” ~ Dwayne Johnson

“In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.” ~ Tom Seaver

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