We’re beginning the fourth week of our Worthington Twitter Challenge. Over the past three weeks those who have been participating with us have been answering a question each day and posting it on their Twitter account. Each post is categorized by the hashtag #ItsWorthIt so that you can search responses anytime.
Our goal for the Twitter challenge is simply to connect our educators and our community. It’s to learn from each other and hopefully to build the habit of open communication using the Twitter platform.
On Day #8 of the challenge each participant was asked to share a professional read that they found valuable. There were many interesting books shared including some such as Mindset by Carol Dweck and The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon that I really value. But, for my book I chose Making Hope Happen by Shane Lopez.
In Making Hope Happen Lopez writes about proven strategies and techniques for building a high-hope mindset and for meeting short- and long-term challenges. He brings the research alive through the stories of real people students, parents, teachers, small businesspeople, and civic leaders who made the most of their own hopes and generated ripples of hope that transformed their schools, businesses, and communities.
The book is organized into four parts, with the first two (“Thinking About the Future” and “Choosing a Better Tomorrow”) describing the science of hopeful thought and its implications. Parts three and four (“Practicing the Three Hope Strategies” and “Creating a Network of Hope”) provide strategies for creating a better tomorrow by enhancing levels of hope in our own lives and by making our hope go viral. By the end of the book, you’ve learned the fundamental truths of hope: that hope matters, hope is a choice, hope can be learned, and hope can be spread to others.
Making Hope Happen is important for our students. Battelle for Kids explains it best when they explain that students must be prepared to navigate the many challenges of life, which can be unpredictable, even with the best of plans! Hope is the state of mind that helps students navigate life’s twists and turns, and keeps them moving forward, even when obstacles arise. Hopeful students believe their future will be better than their present and they have the power to make it so. Hopeful students understand there are multiple pathways to success and anticipate obstacles and plan for them. When students have hope for the future, they take their education more seriously and bring positive ideas and lots of energy into the learning process, which in turn makes emotional engagement in learning more likely.
If you have not created a Twitter account, consider doing it today and joining the final week of our challenge. It’s free and can be easily created and conducted on your smartphone or computer. Steps to Set Up a Twitter Account If you’re in the market for a good book, check out Making Hope Happen by Shane Lopez.
- Trent Bowers, Superintendent