Working with middle schoolers is extremely rewarding, and extremely challenging at the exact same time. If you’ve ever supervised middle school recess, you know exactly what I’m talking about!
One of the things that we try to help, model, and assist middle schoolers with is managing and using their time wisely. I’m not 100% sure where I saw the acronym “WIN” for the first time, or where it originated, but this year we adopted the “WIN” or “what I need” mentality. Historically students waste time in study hall. They have the period to do their work. Some do some math and ELA training, some do nothing. This year we created a block of time called “WIN” or “what I need” time. Here the kids have some autonomy, and freedom to pick the thing that they need to be working on, instead of being directed all the time on what to do and when to do it.
I love the concept as well as helping the kids try to get there. In reflection, I think about how important this is for adults as well. Imagine carving out 30-40 minutes a day just to focus on your WIN—projects you want to accomplish, tasks that need to be completed, etc. Remember to make time in your day to make the important thing the important thing. Focus on your WINS, shut out the distractions, and get it done.
We’re so busy doing things for others, don’t be afraid to schedule and focus on your WINS!
Keep rolling friends!
Quote: “As a leader…your principal job is to create an operating
environment where others can do great things.”
— Richard Teerlink