All blocks in the Pyramid of Success rest upon the blocks below, so a review of the cornerstones of the first two rows is an appropriate beginning to a discussion of the middle three blocks. Start with just a reminder of what those blocks are: Industriousness and Enthusiasm, and Self-Control and Intentness. As you discuss the middle three blocks. students will clearly see how important all four cornerstones are in supporting the acquisition of Condition, Skill, and Team Spirit.
Added by Ray Moore on September 9, 2009 at 11:18pm —
We have been in school about ten days, and the "honeymoon" seems to be over. I have noticed that freshmen are showing up on ZAP lists. I think the teachers may need to teach success strategies that part of the "hidden curriculum." What do you think?
Added by Deanie Dunbar on September 9, 2009 at 9:59am —
After 12+ years of teaching freshmen, being an administrator for freshmen, and consulting on the topic of freshmen, I finally am the father of a high school freshman!
My daughter, Kaitlin, started high school today. She is now officially a 9th grader – and I officially feel older than I should!
One key point that I have believed over the years is that freshmen are pretty scared/nervous when they come into the high school. I had no idea, however, just how true this is.… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on September 8, 2009 at 10:30pm —
Competitive Greatness is the top block in the Pyramid of Success. Don't wait too long in the study of the Pyramid before giving students a vision of where the Pyramid can take them in life. You will probably have your own stories, but here is the way I begin to explain Competitive Greatness:
When I coached Little League baseball, I learned that there are two types of hitters. Consider this situation. It is the last inning of the game, and your team is down by one run. There are two… Continue
Added by Ray Moore on August 30, 2009 at 10:31pm —
This has been the most awesome year of my sixteen years of teaching! We have just begun a Freshman Academy at our high school, and the difference the team approach is making in these students' lives is just heartwarming! I am so glad I attended Mr. Habeeb's conference in Nashville, Tennessee. For the sake of our students, I am so happy we are giving them the freshman opportunity!
Added by Debbie B. Fowler on August 28, 2009 at 11:07am —
I have forgotten the academic who did this, but the following is a true story. An education PHD was searching for a good format for structuring lesson planning in the 1960's and stumbled on John Wooden. She closely observed him during practice over a season and came up with the lesson plan we all have come to know:
Hook or Initial Activity
Modeling the Activity
Added by Mark dePaulo on August 24, 2009 at 11:53pm —
Dr. Stephen Jones, a member of the Freshman Transition Network, is the host of an educational radio talk show, and Scott Habeeb, another member of the Freshman Transition Network, was his guest on his back-to-school episode on 8/24/09. Click here to listen
Added by Scott Habeeb on August 24, 2009 at 8:48pm —
John Wooden describes success as the Peace of Mind that comes from the Self-Satisfaction in knowing that you did the best that you are capable of doing. Anyone can find success according to that definition and the journey through the Pyramid of Success can change everything in a student’s life.
I teach the blocks in small chunks. The first are the cornerstones of the whole Pyramid: Industriousness and Enthusiasm. It is appropriate that Enthusiasm be taught first because the whole… Continue
Added by Ray Moore on August 23, 2009 at 8:28pm —
Added by Mark dePaulo on August 22, 2009 at 11:50am —
I'm Awesome, But I Have My Limitations!!! -- a Motivational, TV-Style Game Show Presentation & Workshop for 9th Grade Students
I'm Awesome, But I Have My Limitations
is an effective, enjoyable, interactive TV-game show style assembly program or workshop which would be a great component of your introduction to high school for 9th graders.
Added by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro on August 21, 2009 at 11:30pm —
When I was a second-year teacher, I was asked to coach the 0-10 tennis team at my school. My only qualification was that I once had seen a tennis racket. Being an English teacher, I went out and bought a book on tennis and also stumbled across a book called They Call Me Coach
by John Wooden. The book changed my life as a teacher and as a father. The main theme of the book is that the way you conduct yourself off the court has everything to do with the way you conduct yourself on the… Continue
Added by Ray Moore on August 20, 2009 at 11:01pm —
Good study skills are an essential back to school learning tool that every student can carry into the new school year. Many students go back to school without the preparation that they need to succeed. Teachers say it often takes a month to get students back on track. Students need a study skills plan that they can implement during the new school year. They can start by writing down their goals for each class. A student can have a positive affect on their grades just by writing their goals down… Continue
Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on August 20, 2009 at 5:30pm —
With the school year either about to start or having just started, I thought it would be worth taking some time to make a recommendation. Watch Mr. Holland's Opus
We've posted quite a few clips from the movie here on The Freshman Transition Network. Teachers can learn a lot from them. You might watch them in the following… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on August 16, 2009 at 10:51pm —
During the senior year parents engage in the annual ritual and conversation about selecting a college. Today college cost is frequently at the top of the list of issues that parent’s must confront. Even today money should not be the only reason that you select a college. The ability of your student to live within the philosophy of a college can make a big difference in their success. Sure colleges can put up an advertisement and send you a mailing every week but there is nothing like visiting a… Continue
Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on August 14, 2009 at 6:30am —
Added by Mark dePaulo on August 12, 2009 at 9:29pm —
When students and parents start their shopping list for the new school year one item on the top of their list is a cell phone. How times have changed. The idea of searching for paper and pencils is taking a back seat to modern technology. The cell phone companies have caught on and they are releasing so many new cell phones each month that it is hard for anyone to catch up. Cell phones have reached epidemic proportions throughout American society. You cannot go to a city or countryside road… Continue
Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on August 8, 2009 at 2:37am —
Increasingly parents who send their children to school and those who home school are asking the same question. How can I motivate my child to learn when 21st century technology is influencing their every thought? It seems that children are learning how to multi-task but it is affecting their ability to focus. The very electronics that were purchased to entertain in the home have become the center of their attention. There are cell phones, flat screen televisions in every room, hundreds of cable… Continue
Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on August 8, 2009 at 2:30am —
Added by Louis Mark de Paulo Jr. on August 6, 2009 at 9:17am —
Added by Louis Mark de Paulo Jr. on August 5, 2009 at 11:14pm —
Added by Louis Mark de Paulo Jr. on August 3, 2009 at 12:41am —