Written by: Hans Appel
Define Your Why: Own Your Story So You Can Live And Learn On Purpose
by Barbara Bray
When my friend Barbara asked me to contribute to her incredible WHY-INSPIRED project, I was absolutely pumped. As a huge fan of Simon Sinek, Start With Why Movement, I was eager to see how Barbara would attack and apply this vision to education. This book is outstanding! And a must read for all educators. My contribution is found on pages 195-198 as I share a story about creating a culture where students can find purpose and passion by bringing amazingness into the world.
“Barbara Bray wrote Define Your Why from the process she went through to figure out her WHY and through coaching others who did not feel valued, appreciated, or why they needed to live on purpose. Barbara tells her story with 26 inspirational thought leaders along with quotes, resources, questions, and activities to help you on your journey to define you WHY so you own your story.”
A Teacher’s Reflective Impact Journal
by Mary Smith, Pete Hall, & Alisa Simeral
As a long time fan of reflection through journal writing, I jumped at the opportunity to contribute to this powerful resource. On pages 26-27 I wrote a question impact story that a student taught me. It’s a story I’ve never told or written about before but has had a profound influence in the way that I think, feel, and behave towards all of my students.
“You may be your own harshest critic at times but you can also be your own best teacher.
With A Teacher’s Reflective Impact Journal: Pursuing Greatness Every Day as your guide, you’ll develop reflective habits to help you focus on your goals, improve what needs improving, and celebrate what you’ve gotten right. Filled with quotes to ponder and prompts to organize your thoughts, this is the perfect journal for any teacher who’s committed to pursuing greatness all year long.
Have you ever written in a journal or diary before? This is pretty much the same, except it’s focused on your work as a professional educator. The Journal gives you weekly open-ended writing prompts crafted to help you develop new habits of thinking.”
Teachers Deserve It: What You Deserve. Why You Don’t Have it. How You Can Go Get It.
by Adam Welcome & Rae Hughart
Truth be told, I had no idea Jennifer and I would be featured in this incredible sequel to the mega successful book, Kids Deserve It, until the project was nearly completed this past summer. We love all of the amazing content being created by Adam and Rae and felt uber grateful for the opportunity to share our LOVE of education in their incredible book. On pages 66-67 we share our passion for magnifying the lens to real sustainable JOY!
“Every day, educators across the country give students their very best. Yet all too often, the passion teachers put into their work--and the why that led them to it in the first place--goes unrecognized. Too many teachers feel overwhelmed, stressed out, underpaid, and unheard.
That needs to change.
Teachers deserve respect. Teachers deserve time. Teachers deserve better.
Whether you're an educator, an ally, or an advocate, if you’re ready to ignite change in your community, consider this your invitation to be a spark.”
All In: Taking a Gamble in Education
by Kristen Nan & Jacie Maslyk
VEGAS BABY!! Who doesn’t love fabulous Las Vegas. I was so stoked to read this book. It’s a brilliant collaboration between award winning educators at the classroom and district level. I love how Kristen and Jacie push against status quo as they reimagine a bold new learning environment for students. It’s a book that every parent should hope and pray their own child’s teacher studies. The best educators I’ve ever worked with have always had one thing in common...THEY ARE RISK-TAKERS! On page 76-79 I had the privilege of sharing a time that I “cashed in” on an opportunity.
“WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS…
Unlike Nevada’s slogan of “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, this book reminds us that what happens in the classroom, should never stay within the classroom!
It spotlights a unique relationship between a forward-thinking teacher and a future-focused district administrator. By going “all in” with their relationship and creating an opportunity for chance, risk-taking, and rolling of the dice, they have begun to fuel change within their school district and extend learning beyond their very own walls.
Are you ready to bet on education?
Are you ready to take a chance on what’s best for every child?
Are you willing to be the risk-taker?
Are you ALL IN?
It is time to gamble and take a bet on YOU in order to create the invaluable change needed in education! This book describes 27 Bets that need to be made for the betterment of every child. Following each Bet, is a Jackpot filled with important takeaways that you can put into action today! In addition, the Double Down will challenge you to create changes of epic proportion for your students, colleagues, community, and you! With a professional learning network built on change agents in education, ANTE UP affords you the opportunity to see how other educators from around the globe have raised the bar for all kids!
Are you ready to pull the lever of the slot machine one more time?”
These inspiring books were four that helped shape my professional development this year. I love taking book recommendations from other educators. What’s a book you read this year that every educator MUST READ?
about the Author
Hans Appel is an educator, speaker, and writer deeply committed to inspiring the whole child. He’s the author of, Award Winning Culture: Building School-Wide Intentionality and Action Through Character, Excellence, and Community. Additionally, he’s the Director of Culture for the Teach Better Team, Co-host of the Award Winning Culture podcast, and the Co-Creator of Award Winning Culture.
Award Winning Culture was created by Hans and Jennifer Appel with the sole purpose of creating an educational mindset of Positive INTENTIONALITY and ACTION; with a daily mantra to make our sphere of influence stronger through Character, Excellence, and Community. Part of AWC's mission is to highlight outstanding educators, companies, and resources that support an Award Winning Culture. Both Jennifer and Hans work at Enterprise Middle School aka Wildcat Nation. Wildcat Nation received the 2018 ASCD Whole Child Award in Washington, for its award winning culture and the 2018 Global "Class Act Award" for Kindness.