Several months ago, I was having a conversation with a small group of colleagues about stewarding our lives well as secondary educators. One member of the group was Laura Gersch, who teaches in the Boston area. Laura asked a question that stayed with me for a while.
What's the work within the Inputs-Outputs sweet spot?
If you put inputs on the y-axis and outputs on the x, Laura asked — what's in the sweet spot of low input and high output? It was a super smart way of framing a question I come to constantly in my writing and in my classroom. It's another way of saying, “What's the work that matters most?”
Let me make it a bit clearer with some visuals.
So Dave, what's this got to do with where the blog is going in early 2022?
I mean… weird question to ask. But timely. Thank you.
In the next couple of months, I'm going to head back to the topic that I speak to teacher groups about the most these days: student motivation via the five key beliefs. When I was speaking with a high school faculty group at Walton High School earlier this week, I closed our time by saying, “I can't think of anything in my career that has given me more bang for my buck” — in the language of today's blog post, more output for my input — than becoming strong at instructional practices that are highly conducive to 5KB cultivation.
So, stay tuned. Tell a friend about the newsletter. Lots of fun things that I want to write for you these next two months.
Best to you and yours,