What is Your
Recognize that students are unique with different learning styles and skills needing different strategies.
Technology skills are necessary to access the global world.
Clear and rigorous expectations should be regularly provided to students—what we say and what we do need to be consistent.
Instruction must be relevant learning — connected to life.
Creative thinking is required for school and life success.
General Learner Outcomes are to develop Kahuku student who is a:
Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
Quality Producer (The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products)
Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)
Effective and Ethical User of Technology (The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically)
Show Respect for Self
Show pride in work
Follow dress code
Demonstrate ownership for own actions
Show Respect for School
Follow classroom and school rules
Throw trash in rubbish can
Help keep entire school orderly
Show Respect for Society
Use appropriate, respectful language
Work well in groups
Accept adult direction respectfully
Show respect for cultural and lifestyle diversity
Show Responsibility for Self
Takes responsibility for your own education
Is on task
Has and uses Red Book
Demonstrates appropriate hygiene
Knows and understands school-wide expectations
Show Responsibility for School
Demonstrates appropriate behaviors in school-wide settings
Reports incidents of graffiti
Reports on time to class, practice on all occasions
Show Responsibility for Society
Seeks ways to help others in need
Involved in community service
Communicates with peers, teachers, parents
Demonstrates leadership in promoting positive behavior
Is a positive ambassador of school
Have a sense of gratitude vs. Have a sense of entitlement
Give other people credit for their victories vs. Take all the credit of their victories
Read everyday vs. Involved in unproductive activities such as watching TV
Talk about ideas vs. Talk about people
Share information and data vs. Horde information
Exude joy vs. Exude anger
Embrace change vs. Fear change
Keep a "to-do/project" vs. Never set goals
Keep a "to be" list vs. Don't know what they want to be
Compliment vs. Criticize
Accept responsibility for failures vs. Blame others for their failures
Keep a journal vs. Not keep a journal
Want others to succeed vs. Secretly want people to fail
Forgive others vs. Hold a grudge
Set goals and develop live plans vs. Don't know what they want to be
Continuously learn vs. Think they know it all
Operate from a transformational perspective vs. Operate from a transactional perspective
3 Pillars of Happiness
1. Happiness correlates directly with the amount appreciation you express.
2. Happiness correlates directly with how congruent you live with your values.
3. How does it feel to be in flow?
Your are completely involved in what you are doing – focused & concentrated
You feel a sense of ecstasy – of being outside reality
You have great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done, and how well you are doing
You possess a deep knowing that your activity is doable – that your skills are adequate to the task
You feel a sense of serenity – no worries about yourself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego
You experience timelessness and are thoroughly focused on the present, hours can pass by in minutes
You have intrinsic motivation – whatever produces flow becomes its own reward
What are we doing now to live sustainably on the earth while fulfilling our survival, success and transcendent needs?
Are we basing and aligning our individual needs, innovative projects and ideas based on available environmental, social and economic resources;based on our individual rights, values and perceptions with advice and collaboration from wise mentors; to become sustainable andto attain self-fulfillment, universal power and peace?
Using organic farming, sustainability and aquaponics as a teaching model:
Measuring the quality of how we take care of things
Building lasting symbiotic relationships
Giving more than we take
Allowing nature to be our teacher
Asking questions to find innovative solutions to make the world a better place
Being respectful and responsible to self, family, community, environment
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. - John C. Maxwell
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” - George Bernard Shaw
"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.” - John Cassis
Do things now that we won't regret later.
Seek high quality of life on less income/no debt/reduce needs and impact on environment
Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold
"Another flaw in the human character is that everyone wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance." -Kurt Vonnegut
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix
“Happiness is only real when shared.” - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
How can we help make the world sustainable for 7 billion people now and for future generations?
Structure life in accordance with the values of family, community, justice, and the health of our planet.
Creating Healthy Long-Term Relationships and Balanced Living = win/win
Both needs met - give more than you take
Be a reporter - find out what they need
Avoiding Unhealthy Short-Term Relationships = win/lose or lose/lose
Take and don't give, focus on long-term win/win
Happy People Never…
Happy people do a lot of things.
They spend time expressing gratitude, cultivating optimism, practicing kindness, nurturing loving relationships, committing to meaningful goals, savoring life’s little pleasures, and so on and so forth.
But they NEVER…
Mind other people’s business.
Seek validation of self-worth from others.
Rely on other people and external events for happiness.
Hold on to resentment.
Spend prolonged periods of time in negative environments.
Resist the truth.
Not let fear rule their life.
Bronnie Ware, author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, worked in palliative care, in a place where she says “patients would go to die” and she “was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.” She asked the patients “about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently.” Through this unique experience, Bronnie discovered five common themes:
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” (This was the most common response.)
“I wish I didn’t work so hard.” (Every male patient Bronnie nursed gave this response.)
“I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”
“I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
“I wish that I had let myself be happier.”
Live a Fulfilling Life
Keep life simple.
Practice being satisfied.
Beware of indecision.
Learn to like people.
Live and let live.
Don’t take yourself so seriously.
Have a sense of humor.
Tolerate your own mistakes.
Basic skills that should be taught in high school
Personal Finance, which would include balancing a bank account, How to shop wisely, and Understanding Credit and Compound Interest (AKA how to not get messed up by credit card companies!)
Law. This would include Your Constitutional Rights, State, County, and Municipal Laws, Dealing with the police, and Basic Contracts.
Basic Biology: How babies are really made. How to avoid STD's. Drugs and the Consequences of their abuse.
Home Economics. (I know it's not new) This should be REQUIRED for everyone. Everyone should know how to cook a decent, nutritious meal, do their own laundry and shine their own shoes.
Basic Home maintenance: How to unclog a sink. How to fix a leaky faucet. How to Spackle and paint a wall. How to properly clean a carpet. How to hang a picture. How to hang blinds and curtains.
Etiquette. By this I mean basic good manners, not which fork to use how to wear a tie. I mean How to comport yourself in public with common courtesy and consideration.
Critical Thinking. How to deconstruct a newscast or article. How to tell if you are being lied to. How to understand what advertising does and how marketers try to influence you.
The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Unalienable Rights for Americans (for now): Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
The right of self-government
The right to bear arms for self-defense
The right to own, develop, obtain, and dispose of property
The right to make personal choices
The right of free conscience (freedom of religion)
The right to choose a profession
The right to choose a mate
The right to beget one’s kind
The right to assemble
The right to petition
The right to free speech
The right to a free press
The right to enjoy the fruit of one’s labors
The right to improve one’s position through barter and sale
The right to contrive and invent
The right to explore the natural resources of the earth
The right to privacy
The right to provide personal security
The right to provide nature’s necessities—air, food, water, clothing, and shelter
The right to a fair trial
The right of free association
The right to contract
The right to know the law
The right to cooperate with others to mutually provide personal security
The right to educate one’s self or others
The right to life (Meaning life and limb. Upon which all the other rights depend)
The right to liberty (The right to travel and relocate one’s home. And the right not to be kidnapped, enslaved, or falsely imprisoned. This is also foundational)
The right to pursue happiness. “All men are born free and independent, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness
The duty to honor the supremacy of the Creator and his laws.
The duty not to take the life of another except in self-defense (Justified only by being falsely imprisoned, kidnapped, or under threat of loss of life or limb. Assault and battery are not sufficient cause unless there is a reasonable fear of loss of life. Nor is loss of property, though one is able to protect property short of homicide).
The duty not to steal or destroy the property of another.
The duty to be honest in all transactions with others.
The duty of children to honor and obey their parents and elders.
The duty of parents and elders to protect, teach, feed, clothe, and provide shelter for children.
The duty to support law and order and keep the peace.
The duty not to contrive through a covetous heart to despoil another.
The duty to provide insofar as possible for the needs of the helpless—the sick, the crippled, the injured, the poverty-stricken.
The duty to honorably perform contracts and covenants both with God and man.
The duty to be temperate.
The duty to become economically self-sufficient.
The duty not to trespass on the property or privacy of another.
The duty to maintain the integrity of the family structure.
The duty to perpetuate the [human] race.
The duty not to promote or participate in the vices which destroy personal and community life.
The duty to perform civic responsibilities—vote, assist public officials, serve in official capacities when called upon, stay informed on public issues, volunteer where needed.
The duty not to aid or abet those involved in criminal or anti-social activities.
The duty to follow rules of moral rectitude.
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