“Begin with the end in mind.”-Dr. Stephen R. Covey Is a great quote I have used often when talking about school improvement, goal setting, lesson planning, taking a trip, or anything to do with a destination. Have you ever used it for Reading?

I am curious to ask if anyone begins reading a book by reading the end first. I recently read that some people like to read the end of the book first before they start. What?

If you are reading a suspense and mystery book, why would you read the end first?


If you are writing a book, do you think about the book's ending first? Do you plan it out, wanting it to end in a certain way? Do you write the last chapter first?

I have never thought about the end of the book being the beginning of my reading. The end of the book is the end of the story; if I begin with the end of the story, why do I begin the story? It seems like a scene from Alice in Wonderland. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.


Please let me know if you begin with the end or begin with the beginning. Do tell me the why behind your reasons for your choice, because I am curious. I am really seeking to understand this reading backward if it exists.

“We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, because we’re curious….We’re always exploring and experimenting. We have never lost our faith in family entertainment-stories that make people laugh, stories about warm and human things….We’re not out to make a fast dollar with gimmicks. We’re interested in doing things that are fun-in bringing pleasure and especially laughter to people. And probably most important of all, when we consider a new project we really study it-not just the surface idea but everything about it! And when we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right. And we work hard to do the best possible job!” (One Little Spark by Sherman and Keane, pg. 3)

The paragraph before referred to Walt Disney. It began with one of his famous quotes, “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” However, so many years have passed, and I am curious if all of it remains true.

Let’s start with thinking about applying these attributes to the organization, workplace, or what you do in life. How many can we apply?

Checklist

I altered the faith part to widen the focus instead of the narrow focus on family entertainment, including the company's core values of making people laugh and stories about warm and human things. It is essential to visit the core values of the organization, workplace, and yourself. The values we hold are critical to what we do.

Disney has just replaced the CEO with a former CEO and is taking time to plan strategically. Are other companies taking the time now to look at planning and organizing?

As we enter the 2023 year, are we evaluating the work we are doing and the approaches we are taking? We have so many opportunities to reflect on all we do and the ways we can continue to grow. Please share your ideas with others, connect with others and learn about what they are doing, and always open new doors to discover more!

We were hoping you could bring all of this into our workplaces. I think about the applications to education and can see so many ways we can utilize this checklist. Let me know what item on the checklist you want to focus on for 2023 or how you will use the checklist.

It takes one little spark and a little curiosity to discover solutions and celebrate accomplishments.

Quotes about learning

These are just a few quotes about learning? Which one from the list would you select as your learning quote? Maybe you have one of your own, please share.

Curiosity and Imagination

I shared in a blog post a week ago that I was given the best opportunity a grandmother could ever have. My daughter and son-in-law asked if I could home-school my youngest grandson for the rest of the year before he goes to Kindergarten in the Fall of 2023. My heart is whole!

He would identify with the second learning quote. He said to me as we were working, “I love using my imagination to create.” He loves building things with his hands, and he is a big storyteller. I love his imagination. My hope is, he will continue to have a growth mindset, utilize his imagination and creativity to discover his potentials in making a difference in the world.


Did you know that early in life, Albert Einstein was not considered very intelligent? He continued to grow and became one of the most outstanding scientific thought scholars known. I often think about what my former teachers would think about some of the students they taught and what they have accomplished in their lives. Did they see them succeed? Did any of the performances surprise them?

Can you recall the learning journey you followed and are still following? As you grew up as a child, what are the things, people, places, or ideas that would spark you into wanting to learn?


When working as an educator with students, staff, and families, it is vital to know one approach will not work. Every child is different, families have different cultures and expectations, and the staff approach teaching and learning with diverse backgrounds and specialized talents is rich when shared.

Looking forward to taking time to check on different posts within different groups as they discuss the remaining school year. Looking to see how they are working to keep student engagement, building on curiosity and imagination as the school year ends. The important part of education is helping to fire up the brain to learn with curiosity, innovation and not by filling it with information. Teaching students to think, not what to think. Helping students learn to explore outside and around to find their purpose, opportunities, interests, and more learning.

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