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Dr. Troy P. Roddy

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Thrivapist Educator

Are you a Thrivapist Educator? You may be and do not even realize it.

A Thrivapist is simply a person who uses the principles of Thrivapy to help them find greater satisfaction and success in their work. Those principles are:

  1. Establishing a clear foundation for decision making that includes one's mission, vision, beliefs, and philosophy.
  2. Setting goals that are specific, flexible, challenging, and realistic.
  3. Taking action to realize those goals. Goals without actions are hopes and dreams.
  4. Developing an appreciation for and use of growth mindsets.
  5. Understanding the value of developing habits of behavior that align with your goals.
  6. Owning your responsibility to be a producer of a body of work worthy of sharing.
  7. Builds relationships with others by being friendly, responsive, interactive, trustworthy, and reliable.

Therefore, a Thrivapist educator supports their desire for a more satisfying and successful teaching experience by following those seven principles in their daily work at school.

Are you a Thrivapist educator? If you are not sure, here are some questions to ask yourself to find out. It may take some time to go through these, so feel free to save this post to refer to again.

Foundations

  • What is your purpose?
  • How do you achieve that purpose?
  • If all barriers to achievement were removed, what would success look like to you?
  • Upon what beliefs are you willing to take action?
  • What is the essence of education? The teacher? The student?
Goals
  • Do you have 2 or 3 items that you are committed to accomplishing?
  • Are they aligned with your vision of success?
  • Are they specific? How tangible are they? 
  • Are they flexible? Can you adjust them and still maintain the integrity of the goal?
  • Are they challenging? Do they require concentrated effort?
  • Are they realistic? Can they be realized and help you build momentum towards your next goal?
Taking Action
  • What have you done today to be a better teacher?
  • What have you done today to help someone else be a better teacher?
  • What one thing can you start now that will move you closer to achieving your goals?
  • Look at your beliefs. Are you acting on them? If not, why? Do you need to take action or change your belief?
  • In your work, are you trying to accomplish positive results or avoid negative results?
Growth Mindsets
  • Are you rewarding and recognizing effort or results?
  • Reflect on how you have grown as a teacher over the years. Do you see a growth pattern that you should be proud of?
  • What lessons from working to get better can you use in your class?
  • Do you believe that the best get better?
  • How do you see failures and set backs? Are they opportunities to learn and grow or examples of why you cannot do something?
Habits
  • Are there behaviors that are preventing you (or making it difficult) to achieve your goals?
  • Any that are making it easier?
  • What behaviors do you need to change?
  • What triggers or cues might contribute to the behaviors you want to change?
  • What rewards are you experiencing from those behaviors?
  • What positive behavior can possibly replace the one getting in the way?
  • How can you reward yourself for the new behavior?
Ownership
  • Is your work remarkable? Is it "share-worthy"?
  • Do you see yourself as the receiver of tasks or the producer of an education environment?
  • When you delegate, are you delegating authority or trying to delegate responsibility?
  • What are your minimum acceptable standards? Are you honoring that standard with your work?
  • What is your "brand"? As CEO of "Your name, Inc." who is your "Board of Directors"? How/what are you reporting to them?
  • As a teacher, what MUST you do, SHOULD you do, and are EMPOWERED to do on your own?
Relationships
  • Who is on "your team"? Your PLC? Who are your supporters?
  • Do you know the difference between collegiality and congeniality? When is each the proper manner of engagement?
  • Are you a "slice taker" or a "pie maker"?
  • Do you enter difficult conversations with dread or as an opportunity to learn and understand?
  • Is your class a platform to show what you know or an opportunity to show how much you care?
  • What do you see more - smiles, frowns, or indifference?
  • What can you describe better - your students' eyes or the tops of their heads?
  • How long does it generally take you to answer emails and return phone calls?
  • Do you follow through on your promises?
  • Do you find yourself explaining what you cannot do more than offering what you can do?
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