Well. . .each new year of school is filled with lots of meetings which are filled with lots of new slogans of the day and acronyms to accompany “the latest” in educational mindsets.
Just a sampling. . .
“Failure is not an option.” (This is THE BIGGIE for our district this year. . .coming soon to a t-shirt near me.)
UBD (Understanding by Design)
SFA (can’t remember the S part. . .facilitative assessment–it’s a test)
“Closing the Gap” (not the store–an actual space that needs to be closed)
ARIP (Accelerated Reading Intervention Program)
I think that’s enough. . .you get the point.
Some of these are just more of the same. . .some of them are being applied in new and unique ways this year. Some of them have already been used ad nauseum, and I have yet to see ONE student on our campus.
I have decided on my own slogan for the year. . .it’s actually not a slogan. It is, “Take Captive Every Thought.” Now some of you have already recognized that it’s a scripture. (Don’t tell the state or federal legislature, please.)
II Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
You will notice that in keeping with my sneaky way of posting the fruit of the Spirit by putting just the word “Joy” all over my classroom last year, I am leaving out the parts with which some would take issue. But I think “Take Captive Every Thought,” gets the point across to my kids and to me without actually getting me fired. Every action (except for maybe a sneeze) begins with a thought of some sort. It might be a split second thought that is followed by an impulsive action, but it’s a thought none-the-less. So. . .capturing our thoughts applies to everything we do.
It applies to students. . .”I don’t think I’ll do my homework tonight.” OR “I think I will stand on the toilet in a bathroom stall so they can’t find me when I’m skipping class.” (For REAL)
It applies to me. . .”I think calling Beto’s parents is more trouble than it’s worth. I’ll just deal with it.” OR “I think I will go to Target on my planning time instead of grading my papers.” (Not so for real. . .but it HAS happened at least once.)
And tomorrow, it’s goin’ up somewhere in my little lot of the trailer park.
Failing to take captive every thought is not an option.